PRP Therapy for Post-Covid Hair loss
There have been multiple reports of hair loss occurring in Covid survivors over the past year. While hair loss is nothing new, combine it with a global pandemic and you have it as a result of Covid complication.
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Coronavirus infection causes severe fever and/or fever-like symptoms, which is one of the most common symptoms of Covid. After a patient recovers from Covid fever, he or she notices severe hair fall.
Medically, this is not hair fall but hair shedding. It is called telogen effluvium. Typical your hair enters what is called a shedding phase (telogen) in their normal hair growth cycle. While normally it does so a few hairs at a time, an illness or fever (especially as severe as the one in Covid) forces more hair to enter the shedding phase. This causes them to fall and it looks like a post-Covid hair loss.
This hair fall or alopecia happens two-three months after the fever and can last up to six months or more. A lot of it also depends on post-Covid nutrition, stress, and/or other complications like fatigue.
What is PRP Therapy?
Platelet-rich plasma therapy or PRP is a regenerative treatment that uses concentrated plasma from a patient’s own blood sample to boost growth. Considered to be one of the safest and minimally invasive techniques for hair regrowth, PRP therapy is an ideal answer to post Covid alopecia.
How can PRP therapy help with Post-Covid alopecia?
In most patients, post-Covid hair loss is due to lack of nutrition, the stress of the disease, as well as reduced levels of Vitamins D and B12. As such, even with nutritious food, the body uses up the nutrients for the main organs. Skin, hair, and nails are most of the time, if not always, the last to receive these nutrients.
PRP therapy can boost growth in the hair follicles and trigger hair growth. The results can be seen as early as two or three months.
Procedure and recovery
PRP therapy is performed by the doctors taking a sample of the patient’s blood and putting it in a centrifuge machine. This machine then separates platelet-rich concentrated plasma from the blood. These contain growth factors, which are then directly injected into the scalp.
As the procedure is minimally invasive, its recovery period is low to none.
If you are suffering from post-Covid hair loss and if nutrition or rest is not helping, PRP therapy is your answer. It is very result-oriented, natural, and completely risk-free.