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Can a severe infection cause hair loss?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology
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In brief: Yes.

Hair "turns over" (sheds and regrows) faster than anything else in the body; so anything, especially a severe infection, can cause that turnover to accelerate.
It's called a "telogen effluvium", and your hair will regrow once the infection is treated successfully. But it will take awhile, usually weeks to months.

In brief: Yes.

Hair "turns over" (sheds and regrows) faster than anything else in the body; so anything, especially a severe infection, can cause that turnover to accelerate.
It's called a "telogen effluvium", and your hair will regrow once the infection is treated successfully. But it will take awhile, usually weeks to months.
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