28.05.2021 – 06:32
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Patients: How Long Does Covid-19 Hair Loss Last?
Doctor: One of the side effects that Covid-19 leaves on people is hair loss, which for some turns into a really serious problem. Even a few months after recovering from the coronavirus, many people find that their hair falls out more than usual and this condition is not at all normal.
But when can this hair loss be considered normal?
Temporary hair loss is normal after fever or other illnesses
Fever is a common symptom of COVID-19. A few months after they had a fever or recovered from an illness, many people noticed significant hair loss.
A handful of hair can fall out when you take a shower or when you wash your hair. This hair loss can last for six to nine months before it stops. Most people then see that their hair starts to look normal again and stops falling out.
Telogen eluvium causes noticeable hair loss
‘Telogen effluvium’ is a condition where hair remains in the telogen phase (natural shedding) of the growth cycle. This causes more hair to fall out, sometimes to a much higher mass than usual.
If you have a skin rash, itching of the scalp or burns, it could be something other than telogen effluvium that is causing hair loss, so it is time to visit a dermatologist.
Stress can cause temporary hair loss
Even if you have never developed fever or COVID-19, you can still see hair loss. Emotional stress, too, causes hair loss more than usual. Again, hair loss starts about two or three months after stress starts.
Seeing hair fall out en masse and can add stress, it is important to try to calm yourself down. Only when stress is over will excessive hair loss stop.
The cause of hair loss is fever, illness or stress. Hair tends to return to normal on its own. You just have to give it time.
If you suspect that hair loss is caused by something more than telogen effluvium due to stress or fever, talk to an expert or dermatologist
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