LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - If we’ve learned anything about the coronavirus pandemic, it’s to expect the unexpected. Some former patients say they didn’t realize the virus could affect their physical appearance and make them lose hair.
“You normally lose about 100 to 150 hairs a day, which you don’t even notice, says hairstylist Daina Daigle.
Some people recovering from the coronavirus are losing much more hair that that.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines commonly reported long-term effects of the virus including fatigue and shortness of breath. Medical experts say in more severe cases though, patients have experienced hair loss.
“About 3 to 4 months later I started noticing my hair was falling out, more than usual,” says Daigle. “It was kind of alarming at first, understandably so; when you start losing your hair, you start freaking out.”
Daigle is a former nurse turned hairstylist at Salon Lindsay in downtown Lake Charles. She contracted the virus in March; and says months later, clumps of her hair began falling out.
“I had a handful, whereas before, it wasn’t that noticeable,” says Daigle. “The best way to explain it, you know when you’re taking a shower, and your drain’s not stopped up? Now your hair is stopping up the drain, that’s noticeably different.
Daigle is not the only patient now losing locks.
“I was getting handfuls,” says Tammy Ezelle. “For about a month I lost a lot, but now it has stopped. I talked to 2 girls that I work with that noticed they had increased hair loss but now it has decreased 3 months after having COVID.”
Daigle is recommending certain vitamins to her clients to help them grow their hair back.
“I usually suggest they just take straight biotin,” says the hairstylist.
In addition to vitamins, dermatologists also recommend a diet high in protein and iron plus getting extra sleep to help rebuild your hair.