I was curious about the Covid vaccination and how it affected your alopecia. I have had AT and AU in my life. I have regrown all my hair but I do worry about getting the vaccination because I am scared it could trigger my hair to fall out again. Any advice?
i would be cautious about getting the vaccine as there is no long term safety data available yet - trials don’t end till early 2023 and they currently only have emergency use authorisation. Each to their own decision but unless you have a condition that puts you in a high risk category I’d wait for the long term data. Can you tell me what protocol you used to achieve regrowth as my son has AU since 2013. Thanks, Shirley
I used Anthralin cream (topical treatment). I used it for both times when I lost my hair. The process took about 2-3 years for the hair to all fill in and become my natural dark colour. I used Rapid Lash to regrow my eyelashes and eyebrows. I attached a link for you for more information about Anthralin.
Alopeciamum gives good advice.
This is also what I was looking for on radio online stations about covid
I get your concerns recently attended a NAAF conference (National Alopecia Areata Foundation) A few doctors were asked this question. And said there were no known side effects for people with Alopecia and no re-growth / nor people losing a lot of hair with their patients.
Furthermore, I have had it and haven't had any increase in hair loss. But I already have AA, what I did was the 2 shot version, little under 2 months now. Or even other side effects with the vaccines or know anyone whos had with. Someone actually said maybe be great if made hair grow more- it has not for me.
In addition, I have lost few people to Covid-19 in 2020, and know those that have had with series health problems/"long haulers" after. So, getting the vaccine was important to me. And around vulnerable populations and loved ones who would be more at risk with the virus. I had to look hard at all information and consulted with health professionals. Finally, it made more sense for me to get it.
This is something very personal and I get the fear. Maybe talk with your GP or try see any dermatologist about it. I believe it's always good with health check with doctor to have a conversation too.
PS I can keep posted if I hear/see more info. Thanks
Thank you so much! I really appreciate all the info.
I have had 2 covid vaccine shots - no issues. I have AU so not really possible to tell you. However - I have OTHER autoimmune conditions and none were triggered by the shots. Secondly - if you do not take the vaccines and you do catch a Covid variant, you are at risk of being seriously sick or worse. And considering that Covid patients are complaining of developing alopecia, I would think that is also a risk.
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