Alyssa Milano has already recovered from COVID-19, but she recently gave her fans a look at what it can be like to deal with the lingering effects of the virus. The Charmed alum took to social media last week with a video showing her followers the amount of hair loss she's been dealing with throughout her recovery.
In the short video, which was shared to both Instagram and Twitter, Milano starts off post-shower with a clean hair brush in her hand, and her hair can be seen falling out in clumps as she begins to brush it. "Thought I'd show you what #Covid19 does to your hair," she captioned it. "Please take this seriously. #WearADamnMask #LongHauler."
Results of a survey that were shared on Today.com earlier this month suggested that, though it's not a symptom, hair loss is a common experience among COVID-19 survivors. Twenty-seven percent of the 1,500 people surveyed in the Survivor Corp Facebook group reported hair loss as an ongoing problem.
The reason behind hair loss experienced by Milano and plenty of others is a condition called telogen effluvium, a form of hair loss that's basically caused by physical and mental stress. It can be triggered by conditions like anemia, low iron, surgery, general anesthesia, changes in hormones, illness, and even major weight changes. "Anything that your body deems a stress — physical or psychological — will cause a person to develop a telogen effluvium," dermatologist Sapna Palep, MD, told POPSUGAR in a previous article.
While the condition is only temporary, a good way to get ahead of this type of hair loss is to try keeping your stress levels down. Check out Milano's video above, then head over here for our short guide to some of the most common forms of hair loss.