CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – There are many long-term side effects from a COVID-19 infection, but there is one side effect that is not uncommon and fortunately temporary.
Cat Hafsi is one of many people who have experienced it. She tested positive for COVID-19 just 7 weeks ago. Vaccinated and boosted, her recovery process has been fairly simple, except for this one side effect.
“Just in the last week and a half, I have noticed a lot of hair. When I brush it, there are tons of hair in the sink and it’s like, uh, ”she said.
After asking other people who have got the virus, hair loss is not an abnormal reaction.
“Almost every person who has responded has had COVID and they were like I’ve lost half my hair. It’s like, oh my god,” Hafsi said.
According to Dr. Dustin Arnold with UnityPoint Health in Cedar Rapids is a stress-related side effect.
“There’s a condition called telogen effluvium, and what it is is that when your body is under extreme shock – stress, an illness, maybe even a divorce or separation – a kind of stress factor in your life, your hair roots stop, they basically go to sleep, ”said Dr. Arnold.
Anyone suffering from this condition can lose up to 70% of their hair. But fortunately for Cat, and many others, the hair typically grows back on its own.
“It will grow again. I have seen cases go up to six months, I am sure there are cases that have lasted longer. Minimum, it is going to last two months,” said Dr. Arnold.
This means that the cat will soon have its thick curls back.
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