Following a high fever or stress as a result of COVID-19, a chronic infection or viral illness, one may experience noticeable hair loss. A few months after having a high fever or recovering from an illness, many people see noticeable hair loss. While many people think of this as hair loss, it’s actually hair shedding. The medical name for this type of hair shedding is telogen effluvium. It happens when more hairs than normal enter the shedding (telogen) phase of the hair growth lifecycle at the same time. A fever or illness can force more hairs into the shedding phase.
“Many of my patients have been noticing their hair falling out in large clumps, causing stress which can actually exacerbate the situation, so it’s important to stay calm and try to de-stress,” says Elizabeth Mullans, M.D., Board-Certified Dermatologist. “This problem is real and is called, Telogen Effluvium. You may notice handfuls of hair coming out when you brush your hair or take a shower. This hair loss or shedding can last for 6-9 nine months before it stops and take at least 3-4 months to return to normal. The problem will eventually correct itself but in the meantime, I recommend 2 products to help the hair grow back faster: 5000 mcg of biotin (vitamin) per day and Viviscal Pro (1 capsule 2x/day.) Both can be found on Amazon or your local drug or grocery store.”
Clinically studied, Viviscal helps promote hair growth, volume, thickness, and a decrease in hair shedding leading to fuller, healthier hair. Viviscal supplements work by supplying vital nutrients to the hair follicles within four stages. The influx of these nutrients in the bloodstream help nourish hair follicles, encouraging them to grow strong, healthy hair. Hair follicles are nourished through the consistent intake of AminoMar™ complex and other nutrients in each tablet. Breakage and thinning continue to decline, encouraging existing hair growth. So, hair appears stronger, healthier, and more vibrant as nutrients are thoroughly replenished.
“Remember, if clumps of hair start falling out, don’t panic, it will grow back. This is generally a temporary situation. Biotin and Viviscal are great over the counter remedies that are easy to get as they don’t require a prescription from a doctor. If the situation worsens, consult a Dermatologist,” adds Mullans.
When the cause of your hair shedding is due to a fever, illness, or stress, hair tends to return to normal on its own. You just have to give it time. As your hair grows back, you’ll notice short hairs that are all the same length by your hairline. Most people see their hair regain its normal fullness within six to nine months.
If you suspect that your hair loss is caused by something more than telogen effluvium from stress or a fever, talk with a hair-loss expert, a dermatologist.