Does Covid-19 Cause Hair Loss?
A common question Solve Clinics has been receiving is “Does Covid-19 cause hair loss?” The short answer is Yes. But there is good news… many people are worried that the hair loss is permanent and their hair will not come back, however, the hair is only in a shedding phase and not permanently damaged.
Many people after getting infected with Covid-19 (novel coronavirus sars-cov-2) notice their hair beginning to thin. Covid infection causes the hair to enter a telogen effluvium, or shedding phase. This can occur as soon as the onset of infection, or up to about 3 months after the infection. The degree of loss varies person to person, but can be very dramatic and significant for some.
So how soon does the hair come back after Covid-19?
It usually takes about 4-6 months to see the return of a hair after an acute shedding event. The timing can be pretty variable, but the hair has to regrow out from the follicle all the way through the skin, so it can take quite a while. There is some evidence that treatments like Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections can help the hair return a little quicker as the growth factors from the PRP work like a fertilizer for the hair.
So while many people notice thinner hair post covid infection, the good news is the hair loss is not permanent. It can be a substantial loss, though which can cause a significant stress for people. The hair will return in a matter of months, but it could be up to 6 months or more.
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