Actress Alyssa Milano reveals details about her fight against COVID-19.
The previous one Fascinated and Who is the boss star shared her experience with the coronavirus on Twitter, especially the hair loss she’s enduring.
In the video released on Sunday, Milano stroked her hair to reveal lumps coming out.
“Wear a damn mask,” she wrote.
Milano claims she started developing coronavirus symptoms in March. She also posted an Instagram photo she took on April 2nd and she is wearing an oxygen mask two weeks after the illness.
“I’ve never been so sick,” she wrote. “Everything hurt. Loss of smell. It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t hold any food inside. I lost 9 pounds in 2 weeks. I was confused. Light fever. And the headache was terrible. I’ve had basically every Covid symptom. “
Milano said that after initially testing negative for coronavirus and its antibodies, she continued to have symptoms for four months, including dizziness, menstrual irregularities, stomach abnormalities and palpitations. Frustrated, she took another antibody test and it came back positive – which means she had COVID-19.
The actor isn’t the first to list hair loss as a COVID-19 side effect. Canadian dermatologists have said that some COVID-19 positive patients contact them in a panic saying their hair is falling out.
Dr. Jeff Donovan, a hair loss specialist in Whistler, BC, and president of the Canadian Hair Loss Foundation, says he saw a few cases at his clinic, although he’s not sure how common this is overall. “Sure, we now see that it’s part of the spectrum of conditions, but we don’t have the numbers yet.”
The problem patients report is called telogen effluvium, said Toronto-based dermatologist Julia Carroll. It is a well-known medical condition that often responds to a highly stressful situation, be it a serious illness or even severe emotional stress. It generally results in general hair thinning all over the scalp rather than bald spots.
According to Donovan, however, it is difficult to specifically link this type of hair loss to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, as many things can lead to increased “hair loss”.
Hair loss was reported in patients who contracted Spanish flu in 1918, he said. A high fever and other severe symptoms seem to contribute to the development of the condition.
The emotional stress of going through a pandemic can also take a toll, even on people with mild COVID-19 symptoms or even on people who haven’t had the disease at all.
While Carroll believes this phenomenon is mainly due to stress, Donovan believes it may also be directly related to the virus.
“I think it would be a mistake to say that these people just drop out because of stress. This is a complex virus. It does many things to every organ in the body that we do not yet understand. “
Both doctors agree that hair grows back – usually – and this condition is not permanent.
Milano closed her Instagram post with helpful messages for those questioning the veracity or severity of the disease.
“I just want you to be aware that our testing system is flawed and we don’t know the actual numbers,” she wrote. “I also want you to know that this disease is not a joke. I thought I was going to die. It felt like I was dying. I will donate my plasma in the hope that I could save a life. Please take care of yourselves. Please wash your hands and wear a mask and social distancing. I don’t want anyone to feel the way I felt. “
– – With files from Leslie Young of News Gob