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Hi,

I was admitted to ccu with sepsis, pneumonia and AKI in December 2018, my hair is falling out at quite a pace, 4 months down the line, is this very common and will it fall out completely, i feel very self conscious about it and am losing my confidence, do you think it will grow back?

thanks.

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Hi there. Yes I have a very similar experience 3 months after sepsis, pneumonia. I lost about 70 % in total. Hair loss continued for about 3 months. It has grown back. But it’s a very stressful time. Stay positive. Research shows that it will go back. X

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Hi tedbear. I too had septic shock, ventilator x6 days, pneumonia then dialysis. Dec 2018. This month my hair is coming out handful at a time. Everything I read here indicates this is very common, huge stress. It looks like the whole process of falling out or thinning and re-growing can take up to 18 months. Yes I thank God everyday I am alive. This is a different issue, self esteem sort of thing. My hair is 1/2 gray and black, the lower part blond, brown, can't touch it with chemicals. So as with all the rest "this too shall pass, and it is what it is." I have so many other issues, just not going to give into feelings about this one. By no means do I underestimate this issue, it's how I got to this site. My best to you.

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Hi. Well done for surviving! I lost about two thirds of my hair after sepsis and a coma. Pleased to say it grew right back! I had it cut shorter so the new growth would catch up faster. Now is as good as new!! Hope this reassures you. Xx

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it's really common, don't worry it will grow back! and it may not all fall out just in some areas. :)

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My experience says yes - it’s called Telogen effluvium is a form of temporary hair loss that usually happens after stress, a shock, or a traumatic event. After 3 months from start of trauma I lost 2/3 of my hair - all grown back

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Hi tedbear

I was in ICU with H1N1 and pneumonia in Jan 2019 ventilator 18 day.. coma for 15 days. My hair started falling out. I lost 65% of my hair. So I shaved my head. I have a channel on YouTube. Trying to help others and myself. Please feel free to come and watch some of them. Anyone can! My DR said talk it out. So that’s what I am doing. YouTube channel Nevada Starr C.

I hope to feel better soon!

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The same thing happened to me. I was septic in January of this year and off antibiotics the first of March. Now it’s May and I’m losing a ton of hair and my scalp is very itchy. My skin was also peeling but that cleared up about March.

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