Acute hair loss & Covid infections

Acute hair loss following Covid infections has been linked in recent literature.

Specifically, a type of hair loss called Telegen Effluvium (TE) has been diagnosed in patients with a history of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Acute TE has previously been associated with medical events including a history of surgery or severe illness, postpartum and discontinuation of medications such as birth control pills.  ATE occurs approximately 8-12 weeks after the offending event.  Treatment of TE can help hasten hair regrowth.


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