Hair Loss and COVID-19

Hair loss and COVID-19

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, hair loss after recovering from COVID-19 is commonly reported. This type of hair loss or shedding is medically known as telogen effluvium. This occurs as an after affect from having high fevers or a virus and sometimes can present months after the illness. Emotional stress is another factor in causing this type of hair loss. This happens when more hairs than normal enter the shedding phase of the hair growth lifecycle. Typically, handfuls of hair can come out during normal daily rituals such as showers or hair brushing. While this can last for several months, hair will ultimately start to look normal again after a few months.

If any other symptoms appear such as itchy scalp, redness or hair coming out in clumps you may want to contact your dermatologist.