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Hair loss is considered a symptom of Chikungunya

Hair loss is considered a symptom of Chikungunya

The Ministry of Health has included hair loss as one of the the symptoms of Chikungunya, which may appear after the most acute stage of the disease. The problem, called telogen effluvium, is caused not only by Chikungunya, but also by stress and lack of vitamins.

Effluvium occurs when a significant number of hair strands that are in the anagen phase (growth phase) are stimulated to enter the resting phase (they stop growing) and subsequently into the telogen phase (fall). During the infection, telogen effluvium prioritizes the energy and nutrients of the body to fight the infectious agent, so the strands that were growing go into rest, getting weaker until Melissa Falcão, an infectious and member of the Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases (SBI), commented: "The problem usually lasts from 3 to 6 months, but may vary as the duration of the chronic phase varies in patients affected. In hair loss due to infectious diseases, no specific treatment is necessary, hair is born again. "

Eventually, the problem will pass, however, it is necessary to avoid the application of chemicals (dyes, straighteners) and maintain a balanced diet for However, the dermatologist and member of the Brazilian Society of Dermatology, Tatiana Gabbi reveals that there may be another mechanism for hair loss: high fever. "It releases substances that directly alter the cells of the hair follicle, causing a programmed cell death of the hair." The hair stops being born immediately, and a sharp fall can occur during the insult, "says the expert. almost a year after the outbreak began, doctors have been discovering other symptoms, in addition to the initials. More than half of people infected with the virus have severe joint pains and swelling, which often appear for more than six months. Chikungunya fever is transmitted by infected Aedes aegypti or, in rare cases, by Aedes albopictus. The symptoms are similar to those of dengue: fever, malaise, body aches, headache, apathy and tiredness. However, the major difference between Chikungunya fever is its involvement of the joints: the virus advances in the joints of the patients and causes inflammations with severe pain accompanied by swelling, redness and local heat.


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