Hair loss after Corona- by dr.sanaz

Hair loss after Corona

People who are infected with Covid-19 show various symptoms. Hair loss after Corona has been reported among patients. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers hair loss to be one of the possible long-term effects of Corona virus, which is currently under research and study.

What do you know about hair loss after Corona?

Most of the reports of hair loss after Corona have been seen in case studies. For this reason, it needs to be clarified what the prevalence of hair loss is in the larger population of Covid-19 patients.

A study in November 2020 investigated the subsequent symptoms of covid-19 in a small group of 63 participants, which showed that among the 58 people who participated in the analysis process, 14 people (equivalent to 24.1%) had a fall. They were hair.

In this study, the average time from the onset of covid-19 symptoms to hair loss was about 58 days: out of 14 people, hair loss after Corona was resolved in 5 people. However, nine others were still experiencing hair loss when they were interviewed.

Hair loss after Corona - by dr.sanaz

Why does hair loss happen after Corona?

Hair loss after Corona corresponds to a condition called telogen effluvium (TE). People with TE experience sudden hair loss. When combing or showering, the hair usually falls out in large clumps.

Most people with TE experience significant hair loss 2 to 3 months after exposure to a particular trigger. Hair loss usually covers less than half of the scalp and lasts 6 to 9 months. After this period, most people notice that the hair that has fallen out is growing back. How is hair loss related to covid-19?

One of the possible factors to stimulate hair loss in people involved with TE is the occurrence of acute disease with fever, and people infected with Covid-19 often experience fever as one of the disease symptoms.

Another factor is stress. Indeed, experiencing a disease like Covid-19 can cause physical and mental stress. TE has been observed in some people due to the stress of quarantine.

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What is the mechanism of TE?

Hair has different growth phases. TE occurs when a stressful factor causes a large amount of hair to stop growing, which is when the hair enters the resting or telogen phase. In the telogen phase, the hair rests for 2 to 3 months and then shedding occurs to allow new hair growth to begin. This is why hair loss caused by TE occurs sometime after an event such as an illness or a stressful period.


What is hair loss?

We all lose hair naturally daily. Losing 50 to 100 hairs daily is typical and expected for every person. However, sometimes the hair we lose is not replaced by new hair, which leads to thinning hair and baldness. This is called hair loss. Often we think that hair loss is only related to the head. However, hair loss can also occur in other parts of the body. The medical term for hair loss is alopecia.

Hair loss after Corona
  • Is hair loss after Corona real?

    Hair loss may be related to the severe condition of covid-19 disease. However, this matter’s correctness and biological mechanism are unknown. In a study in May 2020, 175 hospitalized patients with Covid-19 were investigated.

    The researchers observed that many patients (67%) had endogenic alopecia. A July 2020 study compared pattern baldness in 336 hospitalized men with Covid-19 and 1,605 without Covid-19.

    The findings showed that men who had significant baldness tested positive for Covid-19. In a population-based study in November 2020, 43,565 people were monitored for hair loss, various diseases, and covid-19 and its consequences. The findings showed that hair loss has an independent relationship with the more severe condition of covid-19 disease.

    It is necessary to remember that the research in this field is small. Therefore, it is necessary to conduct more research to determine how hair loss is related to the risk of covid-19 disease.

    British researchers report that people with long-term Covid experience a more comprehensive range of symptoms, including hair loss and sexual dysfunction. These cases can be considered the latest long-term complications of Corona.

Hair loss after Corona - by dr.sanaz
  • An analysis of the electronic health records of 2.4 million people in the UK found that these people reported sixty-two distinct symptoms within 12 weeks of their initial infection. Based on these studies, looking only at non-hospitalized patients, three distinct categories of symptoms were reported by people with persistent health problems after infection. According to the researchers, these symptom patterns are mainly grouped as respiratory or cerebral symptoms.

    These disorders are listed alongside a third category that includes a broader range of health problems, including hair loss and erectile dysfunction. The most common symptoms of Corona include loss of smell, shortness of breath, chest pain, and fever.

Related: “What Is The Difference Between Intermittent, Remittent, And Relapsing Fever?


    Others include forgetfulness, apraxia (inability to perform routine movements or activities), bowel incontinence, hallucinations, and limb swelling. The researchers also found that certain groups of people are at increased risk of long-term Covid-19. These include women, young people, and ethnic minorities, as well as poorer people, smokers, people who are overweight or obese, and people with chronic health problems.

    “The symptoms we identified should help clinicians and clinical guideline developers improve the assessment of patients with long-term effects of Covid-19 and subsequently consider how to manage these symptoms,” said the study team leader at the University of Birmingham.

    They are managed in the best way. In the meantime, it should be noted that hair loss is one of the long-term side effects of the Corona, which has been less studied and paid attention to.

Hair loss after Corona - by dr.sanaz

A dermatologist and hair specialist said about the treatment of hair loss caused by Corona: people who experience hair loss after Corona should check their vitamin D, ferritin, and vitamin B12 levels; Lack of protein and iron can be one of the causes of this hair loss. The hair loss of some patients recovers spontaneously after recovering from the corona disease, but others need nutritional treatments to fix their vitamin and mineral deficiencies. We recommend these people use “sulfate-free” and “paraben-free” shampoos.

He continued: Eggs, fish, chicken, fruits, vegetables, and nuts should be consumed in sufficient quantities, so people do not suffer from iron deficiency. Also, if a person has a protein deficiency, he should use enough meat, dairy, and plant protein sources.

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Author and specialist

Dr. Majid Zahrabi,


  • Board Certified Neurosurgeon
  • DHA certificate holder
  • Plantation certificate holder, France
  • Certified holder of Discogol, France
  • A pioneer in the non-surgical treatment of disc herniation in the Middle East and CIS countries.
  • Under the training and coaching of Professor Jacques Theron (founder of Discogel Therapy) since 2008
  • More than 400 successful cervical and 1300 lumbar discogel injections
  • Trained and certified several neurosurgeons and spine surgeons in the Middle East and CIS countries for the treatment of Discogel
  • Strong belief in patient-centered care planning and participation
  • Neurosurgeon and spine surgeon at Imam Khomeini and Amir Mazandarani Hospital, Sari, Iran, with more than 430 surgeries annually, 2000-2011
  • Neurosurgeon and spine surgeon at Farmaniyeh, Nikan and Yas Sepid Hospital, Tehran, Iran, with more than 400 surgeries annually, 2011-2012
  • Neurosurgeon at Iranian Hospital, Dubai, 2022-2023
  • Since 2015, he has been working as a reference doctor for the treatment of intervertebral disc herniation with Discogel and has trained many doctors of spine-related specialties in various countries of the Middle East and CIS in person/practically and online.



  • Individual training sessions under the direct supervision of Professor Jacques Theron in Discogel treatment, 2008-2020
  • Training sessions under the supervision of Professor Thierry Boye on spinal implants, 2007
  • Participation and presentation in several national and international medical and neuro-spinal conferences
  • Board certificate by Iran Neurosurgery Board, 2001
  • Neurosurgery assistant training course, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran, 1996-2001 (In 2001, he graduated from Isfahan University of Medical Sciences with the first rank in the country.
  • His thesis the titled:The Application of human amniotic membrane in repair of dura matter in dogs.” ( It was happening for the first time in the world. )
  • General medical education, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran, 1984-1993


Published books:

  • CT scan of the brain for doctors
  • Etiology and treatment of painful spine disorders
  • Atlas of diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of spine disorders
  • The most common mistakes in the treatment of spinal disorders
  • Reading brain CT scan in simple language (3rd place in the book of the year)
  • Treatment of head and spine injuries

Publications and articles:

  • Bacteriostatic and bactericidal effects of DISCOGEL® (https://www.researchgate.net/)
  • Muscle recovery, reduction of pain, and improvement of movement strategies in patients with lumbar discopathy after injection of Discogel.
  • The article on the initial results of the treatment of intervertebral disc herniation with discogel injection, which won the second-best poster rank at the Pan Arab International Congress of Interventional Radiology (March 14-16, 2015) and was accepted for presentation at the Chicago Pain Congress.
  • The use of human amniotic membrane in dura mater repair in dogs, a study for the first time in the world.



  • Annual Congress of Physiotherapists of Iran, 2019
  • Chicago International Pain Congress, 2019
  • Iran International Pain Management Congress, 2018
  • Annual Congress of Physiotherapists of Iran, 2018
  • Presentation of Discogel as an innovative solution for the treatment of spinal disc herniation in Armenia for orthopedic specialists and neurosurgeons, 2017
  • First Live Workshop and Seminar on Minimally Invasive Disc Therapy (DISCON), 2017
  • Presentation of Discogel as an innovative solution for the treatment of spinal disc herniation in Azerbaijan for orthopedic specialists and neurosurgeons, 2016
  • Seminar of Iranian official managers, 2016
  • Presentation of Discogel as an innovative solution for the treatment of spinal disc herniation in Tajikistan for orthopedic specialists and neurosurgeons, 2016
  • International Neurological Intervention Congress in Iran, 2014
  • Educational seminar for nurses on treatment approaches for head and spine trauma, 2014
  • Educational seminar for general practitioners on treatment approaches for head and spine trauma, 2014
  • Speech at the Retraining Seminar for General Practitioners and Specialists in Dubai (Discon) in 2017
  • Speech in the internal retraining courses of Irani Hospital, Dubai
  • Holding lecture sessions and practical workshops on the treatment of intervertebral disc herniation with discogel injection in Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Oman, and Armenia during the years 2015 to 2021.
  • Giving a lecture and holding a practical workshop for neurosurgeons in Vietnam at Ho Chi Minh City University in 2023

Dr. Majid Zohrabi started treating his patients in Dubai in 2022 and continues his activities in private medical centers in the UAE.