COVID-19 patients are seeing more hair loss

Hair growth is put on hold when the body is going through stressful events
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A Palestinian patient infected with COVID-19 is placed under medical observation at the emergency unit, at the Palestine Medical Complex, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

MADISON, Wis (WKBT) – Many people have been stressed this past year due to the pandemic. People are worried about losing their job, others are also worried about losing their hair.

Dermatologists at UW health have seen increased cases of hair loss in patients who have recovered from COVID-19. Hair growth is put on hold when the body is going through stressful events. Regrowth starts usually four to six months after the shedding happens.

“It’s really variable. Some people lose 10% of their hair. Some people can lose 50% of their hair, even up to 70%. That’s uncommon to lose that much, but somewhere between 25 and 50% is not uncommon,” said Dr. Apple Bodemer, an Integrative Dermatologist with UW Health.

If the hair loss continues for more than six months people should contact their doctor.