Alyssa Milano has said she is suffering from a shocking case of hair loss after contracting Covid-19.
The US actress was struck down with coronavirus in March and claims to be experiencing the devastating symptom five months on.
Taking to Instagram this week, Alyssa shared a frightening video of herself combing her wet hair with a detangling brush.
Within seconds, the brush was filled with clumps of the Melrose Place star’s blonde hair.
Alyssa began the video, saying: “I just wanted to show you the amount of hair that’s coming out of my head as a result of Covid.
“This is a detangled brush, my favourite detangled brush, as you can see there is no hair in there right now.”
In silence, she then began brushing through her mid-length hair.
Alyssa finished her powerful video by holding up clumps of hair and warning: “One brushing. This is my hair loss from Covid-19. Wear a damn mask.”
Alyssa brushed out large clumps of hair in a recent video (Credit: Instagram/ @milano_alyssa)
This has shocked me, I won’t lie.
We all know the main symptoms of coronavirus now - high temperature, continuous cough and a loss of taste or smell.
But could it really be causing people’s hair to drop out months later?
Several studies have actually been carried out in the US, looking at whether Covid-19 can cause a symptom that just won’t budge - coined a ‘Long Hauler’.
And it is looking likely that it might.
Alyssa had Covid-19 in March (Credit: Instagram/ @milano_alyssa)
Dr Natalie Lambert has worked with Survivor Corps - a grassroots organisation for people who have recovered from Covid-19 - and the Indiana University School of Medicine to look at all possible symptoms, not just the obvious, well-known ones.
Following a study, 423 people claimed to have experienced hair loss after suffering from the virus.
Another report, carried out by The Cleveland Clinic, had similar findings, too.
Dermatologist Shilpi Khetarpal said: “[We] are seeing patients who had Covid-19 two to three months ago and are now experiencing hair loss. I think the timing is really crucial.”
Hair loss can have a huge impact on a person and it is by no means just a physical thing.
The emotional and mental affect is huge, so it is awful to think that this could be yet another tragedy to come out of this awful pandemic.