The latest pandemic-related plague: hair loss.
As if juggling working from home, Zoom meetups, homeschooling, telehealth and virtual exercise classes in a global pandemic weren’t enough, now your hair is falling out. You’re not alone.
Phoenix dermatologist Dr. Toni Stockton says she’s seen double the usual number of patients for hair loss over the past three months at her Ahwatukee practice, Stockton Dermatology. And according to data science firm Spate, Google searches for hair loss jumped 8 percent in the last year. While Stockton says not all of these cases are related to COVID-19, the majority of patients are likely facing the effects of pandemic-induced stress, if not post-viral inflammation for the “long-haulers.” Most patients are women ages 45-70 who have managed many responsibilities throughout the last year.
“I think it’s a real balancing act, whether it’s actually having COVID or dealing with COVID in their lifestyle,” Stockton says.
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