Does COVID related hair loss go away in all patients? — Donovan Hair Clinic

It is still not clear if COVID related hair problems resolve completely after the expected 6-9 month cycle expected of a classical telogen effluvium

Authors from Turkey (now called Turkiye) set  out describe the symptoms that persisted nine months after COVID-19. This cross-sectional study was conducted between November 1 and 30, 2020 on COVID-19 patients.

Patients affected by COVID 19 were contacted approximately nine months later by two infectious diseases physicians, and the questionnaire which included 27 symptoms was completed.

There were 329 patients who were included in the study. Patient average age was 48.9 years, and 51.7% were male. 79.3% of the people still had at least one symptom at the end of the ninth month. The most common symptoms were weakness-fatigue (54.7%), forgetfulness (45.3%), effort loss (35.0%), sleep disturbance (34.3%), joint pain (27.4%). Hair loss was present in 23.4%. Hair loss was more common in women than in men (p= 0.042).   

Summary and Conclusions

The data here show that some symptoms associated with COVID-19 do not completely resolve even after nine months. It is interesting to note that about one-quarter of patients still had concerns about hair loss.

Given that this data was obtained in 2020, these would be non vaccinated patients. More studies are needed to understand how vaccinated and non vaccinated patients differ in terms of chronic hair loss issues after COVID 19 and whether these issues are equally common with new virus subtypes such as Omicron. It does seem that vaccination reduces the rates of Long Covid and therefore it is possible that vaccination reduces chronic hair loss issues. But these studies are needed to understand what proportion of patients with COVID 19 infection are still dealing with hair loss at times points 9-12 months after infection.


Tahmaz A et al. [The Evaluation of Long Coronavirus Disease Symptoms at Ninth Month from a Hospital in Türkiye]. .Mikrobiyol Bul. 2022 Oct;56(4):657-666.

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