Dengue Fever may Cause Hair Loss

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
May 25, 2012
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  • Most people can experience hair fall (alopecia) after dengue fever.
  • Metabolic or hormonal stress during disease course may cause alopecia.
  • Dengue fever medications may cause alopecia as well.
  • When a person is under stress, the chances of developing alopecia increase.


Dengue fever is an infectious tropical disease that is caused by one of the four serotypes of dengue virus. According to Dermatologists most people can experience hair fall (alopecia) after dengue fever. Even though in most of the cases hair loss is reported as one of the common after effects of dengue fever but it is also seen as an indicative symptom of dengue fever.


hair fall after dengue


It is also evident along with other symptoms of dengue fever such as fever, headaches, body pain, flushed skin, peeling of skin, itching, skin rashes, vomiting and extreme fatigue to name a few.


Experts suggest that people who have recovered from dengue fever often complain about increased shedding of hair. Some can even develop a condition called telogen effluvium (or alopecia) which is characteristerised by massive hair loss.


medications for treating dengue


A person with dengue fever can develop alopecia either due to the metabolic or hormonal stress during disease course. Even the medications that are given for the treatment of dengue fever can lead to this condition. Telogen has adverse effect body hair but loss of scalp hair is common after someone recovers from dengue or post recovery too.


When a person is under stress (for about duration of six months) the chances of developing alopecia increase. Dengue fever is one of the causes of tellogen effluvium. In most of the cases of tellogen effluvium recovery is spontaneous.


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