In March of this year I was hospitalized for 9 day with the flu and pneumonia. While I was in the hospital my hair came out in clumps a few times, but in the last few weeks I’ve noticed large amount of loss and breakage. My doctor thinks it’s from the shock of being in the ICU and there’s nothing to worry about. She did order a blood test to check my thyroid. Has anyone experienced this? If so, when do things return to normal? I'm now entering my third month of being out of the hospital, should I still be seeing hair loss and breakage?<br><br>Post edited by: Michelle, at: 2008/06/02 00:29
Re:hair loss after illness
11 years 6 months ago #3318
There are many differing factors which cause aloepecia.
You really need to take your physician's advice on this.
(In my case, it's Chemo!)
There are a few small things which you can do however. change your shampoo to the mildest one you can find, Johnsons Baby, or similar. don't use any chemicals on your hair, including conditioners, colourings.
Eat a healthy diet, drink loads of water.
and if it gets too bad, do what i do, and either buy a nice lot of wigs, all different colours, or get some olive oil, and polish!
I went to see the dermatologist today. He said everything is fine. My hair loss is from the shock of being ill and my hair will grow back...but it will take time. So I need to be patient. I'm not exactly known for my patience.<br><br>Post edited by: Michelle, at: 2008/06/09 22:53
I already got it cut, which added fullness. I'm not to the point that I need a wig. Its just the top of my head has thinned out which makes my part look big. From what I hear it can take a long time to grow back.
I lost my hair about 2 years ago, it starts to grow and then it just falls out again, my doctor has put it down to my many medication. so I have to wear wigs which the doctor referred me to the hospital. I always had a thick head of hair, I am just getting used to wearing wigs, the only thing I can say about it is you can change the colour of your hair. I have just about excepted it. I was very ill though when it happened.