High Five on surviving your ordeal with sepsis.
I survived an intestinal perforation with a realigned sense of life and its’ teachings. The experience can serve as a powerful “reboot” in assessing one’s life - past, present, and unrealized future.
Telogen Effluvium describes the condition of hair loss due to extreme stressors. It is not reserved only to those who survive sepsis. Telogen effluvium (and the associated marked loss and thinning of hair) can accompany a wide spectrum of stressful life occurrences. Major surgery (cornonary bypass), severe illness with an extended ICU stay (COPD with pneumonia requiring a ventilator), death in the family (loss of a close sibling or parent), acrimonious and contested divorce - among others.
The loss of hair is due to the body’s response to extreme/prolonged stress.
Stress interrupts the normal growth and rest cycle of hair follicles. The abrupt loss of hair usually coincides 2-3 months after the original stress. This is due to the natural lifecycle of a hair follicle, which is 2-3 months. When the original stress presents, the body activates an all-front stress response - releasing high levels of adrenalin, cortisol, and catacolimines. Vascularization is shunted a way from non-essential areas (scalp/hair follicles, distal lower extremities/feet and distal upper extremities/hands, GI tract), preserving blood flow to essential organs (brain, liver, kidneys).
Not everyone with severe stress/severe medical event will experience hair loss. Some people will display trophiec skin changes, loss of mental cognition, loss of fine motor control, delayed intestinal motility.
So, in a sense, be grateful that you have loss of hair as compared to a more dire lingering effect.
Be assured that the loss of hair that you are experiencing is temporary. It is not an ongoing loss of hair. The loss of hair represents those hair follicles that experienced restricted vascular flow at the time of the sepsis, vis a vis placed in a state of suspended animation/hibernation. It is these affected hair follicles that are falling out, 2-3 months after the event.
New hair follicles buds are growing.
The tingling you are feeling in your scalp is likely from skin cells that were similarity affected by the stress and vascular shunting and that are now regrowing. Think of a forest devestated by a wild fire and the signs of new growth of tree saplings and shrubs in the months after.
I suffered an extensive intestinal perforation with sepsis in 2012. I was 51 years old at the time. My head hair is actually fuller and healthier now than before the occurance. I keep a short bob cut, like Mary Lou Reton the gymnast.
Several supplements can help promote healthy hair, skin, nails. Example: Biotin; Collagen. Both are available as powders that you mix with a fluid or as a daily chew.
Sending you best wishes in your recovery - mind, body, spirit . . . and hair.
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