Dr Brian Abbiton, director of skin and hair rejuvenation at Mount Sinai Health System in New York, said he sees several patients a week who have reported hair loss after COVID-19.
Although many patients clearly report symptoms after COVID, there is no reliable data to describe how many patients experience this phenomenon or what factors put a person at risk.
Some evidence has shown that the risk of hair loss increases after a COVID infection. Follow Our More Stories
A study published in Nature Medicine last month found that hair loss was one of a wide range of symptoms that post-COVID patients reported to their primary care physicians.
The most common type of hair loss seen in post-COVID patients is telogen effluvium. The assumption is that COVID-related hair loss is very similar to stress-related hair loss
Telogen effluvium occurs when the hair growth cycle is disrupted, induced by surgery, illness, or a stressful life event, such as a move or trauma such as pregnancy.