Alopecia, another consequence of confinement Alopecia, another consequence of confinement

Losing more hair than normal during this period of confinement is a common symptom in consultations. Here is how you can cope with it.

Alopecia is a hair disorder that consists of hair loss and, despite external factors, is often inherited. In this case, it is called androgenic alopecia. Nevertheless, hair health can be affected by other conditions such as stress, anxiety, poor diet, or poor sleep hygiene, situations that are exacerbated by the confinement experienced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Reme Navarro, pharmacist and nutritionist from the University of Valencia (Spain), in an interview for the Spanish newspaper ABC, a normal person can lose between 50 and 80 hairs per day. However, losing more than 100 is a sign of alopecia. Seeing more hair on your pillow or in the shower helps to determine if you are suffering from this condition so you can take action in time.

What to do?

  • Some foods can provide nutrients that strengthen your hair. Salmon, lentils, and eggs are some of them. They provide vitamins B and D, biotin, and essential fatty acids that allow for balanced capillary health. Others such as carrots, spinach, oatmeal, avocado, and nuts are also a good option to incorporate in your diet.
  • Using mild shampoos, anti-hair loss lotions, treatments, or supplements for your hair are also valid and necessary measures. But when a hair product, it is important to seek professional advice beforehand to avoid allergic or unfavorable reactions on the scalp.
  • Preserving your hair requires you to control the levels of stress and anxiety. This is why healthy habits such as maintaining regular physical activity, resting 7 to 8 hours a day, practicing yoga or meditation, and avoiding excessive amounts of substances such as tobacco and alcohol are important.

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