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Diet for Hair loss (Telogen effluvium) after COVID 19

  • By Harleys Clinic
  • May, 07 2021

Diet for Hair loss (Telogen effluvium) after COVID 19

Telogen effluvium is a form of reversible hair loss that usually happens after stress, shock or illness. As is now commonly seen after recovery from COVID 19. It usually affects the top of the scalp most. TE is characterized by hair thinning or excessive hair shedding. It occurs more commonly in women and is triggered by disturbance of hair cycle. Someone may start noticing more hair fall then normal when they comb or shampoo the hair. They may also find more hair on the pillow or the floor of house.


Anxiety, Medicines, fever & weight loss all contributes to hair fall after COVID 19 .


Treatment options include


  1. Counselling to manage anxiety or stress
  2. Avoid Chemical or heat treatments than can further damage the hair
  3. Addressing nutritional deficiencies through diet

Nutritional deficiency may impact both hair structure & hair growth.


Natural nutrients for Healthy Hair:


Zinc and Iron

These are two essential minerals for body that also help hair follicles to grow.
Sources like lean red meat, lentils, soyabeans, grapefruit, lemons, tomato, strawberries, almonds,
apricots, raisins, pumpkin help .



Protein is the body main building block promoting cell repair &growth &boost the hair strength.
Including chicken, egg whites, lentils, pulses & legumes, tofu, paneer does help in healthy hair.



Biotin is the essential nutrient that synthesizes the important hormone called Keratin growth factor.


Omega 3

Fatty acids such as Salmon fish is a very rich source.


Vitamin D

Vit D helps to activate hair growth &stimulating new & old hair follicles.
Treating these nutritional deficiencies with proper nutritional guidance is very important.
Please seek proper guidance from a qualified Nutritionist instead of popping pills available in market.