You're not imagining it, COVID really does cause hair loss. Sigh…
Multiple studies across the world now show that COVID infection is a frequent and common cause of significant hair loss in millions of patients.
Even months after recovering from the virus’s main symptoms, many people are still experiencing excessive hair loss.
According to dermatologists, the loss typically begins from a few weeks to three months post-infection and can last six months to a year.
“Hair loss can occupy a large amount of someone’s mind because our hair is something we see,” says Dr. Sara Hogan, MD, a health sciences clinical instructor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, in a medically reviewed post on WebMD.
“It’s often part of our identity and how others perceive us. So when patients start losing hair, especially for the first time, they often come to me very upset.”
Experts aren't sure why some post-COVID patients lose hair and others don’t. They theorize that it may be related to genetic factors that make it more likely for some.
The good news is that the shed may taper off over time. Doctors say that many people’s hair can return to normal.