CORONAVIRUS symptoms continue to be researched, as the dust settles and reams of data are available to analyse. A new study has found that long Covid – the persistence of certain symptoms for more than four weeks after patients have recovered from the virus – has been linked to cases of alopecia.
Without the intervention of the public health crisis of the past 18 months, it is usually normal to lose hair. People can lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day, often without noticing. Hair loss is not usually anything to be worried about, but occasionally it can be a sign of a medical condition.
Some types of hair loss are permanent, like male and female pattern baldness. This type of hair loss usually runs in the family.
Other types of hair loss may be temporary. They can be caused by:
Now, a new study saw researchers conduct a cross-sectional self-report survey of 530 eligible patients who had recovered from acute COVID-19 in April 2021.
Upon comparison of the health-related quality of life scores estimated by the survey between these participants with no symptoms and those suffering from long Covid, the study found a substantial disease burden caused by COVID-19.
The key examinations of the study saw the researchers calculate the characteristics of long symptoms in the paper.
In this study, 44 percent of the participants reported at least one symptom after four weeks passed since their COVID-19 symptoms began.
The most common symptom of long covid was reported to be “general fatigue,” which was followed by alopecia.
Surprisingly, alopecia appeared above other symptoms such as high temperature and joint pain.
Notably, the number of females appeared to be more afflicted as observed in the “any symptom” group, as compared to the no symptoms group.
Apart from this, there was no overall difference between the groups in terms of their age and medical history.
However, the values were lower in the “any symptoms” group than the no symptom group.
Due to the varying duration of long Covid, the researchers explained that the quality of life lost attributed to long Covid is far greater than flu-like illnesses.
In a previous study in Japan, the quality of life of long Covid patients was higher than that of the acute phase of flu-like illnesses.
Based on the results from this study, the researchers recommend effective preventative countermeasures. “Brinkwire Summary News”.