I'm losing hair, is it because of dengue?

@Jemina (5773)
January 24, 2008 1:30am CST
I had dengue first week of November, and it was a serious one. Thanks God I survived! But now my hair is falling. It's scary, when I wash my hair lots of them fall off. Is it an after-effect of the disease?
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@madlees (1377)
• India
13 Apr 08
I am sorry to hear that you had Dengue Jemina.. you survived that and you'll survive your hair loss too. The hairloss is, most probably, because of your prolonged serious illness. You can improve on your health by taking nutritious food rich in vitamins, calcium and iron. Increase your fruits and juices intake, more salads etc. You'll regain your health and with that you'll regan your lost hair. Don't worry. You can see more about the hairloss problems in this site http://www.allaboutlifechallenges.org/sudden-hair-loss-faq.htm All the best
@Jemina (5773)
14 Apr 08
Wow, that was very comforting Madless, Thank you for making me feel better. By the way, I have already found a solution to my hairloss problem. Thanks to Virgin Coconut Oil. Cheers!
@madlees (1377)
• India
15 Apr 08
You take your nutritious food with your use of virgin coconutoil .. Your hair will grow back soon. It might be three months you see the results of hair growth, because hair grows very slowly at the rate of about 1 or 2 cms per month, as per the person. Coconut oil is the one which we all use for our hair. But be careful, do not over massage your hair then you might again start losing hair. Ok All the best
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@Jemina (5773)
18 Apr 08
Aww, thank you for the advice. I'll keep it in mind. I see new hairs coming out now and they look like a bird's nest on top of my head LOL!
@plumwish07 (4059)
• Indonesia
7 Apr 08
it could be dear. some of dengue make our body metabolism geting down and it also able to make some fever for our body which it could make our hairs getting loose in some amount. but in my opinion. loosing hairs not only happened by dengue and fever. it could be caused by stressing level that you have or unmatching shampoo that you used with your head skin. i wish everything going well at this moment dear
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@Jemina (5773)
7 Apr 08
Thank you Plumwish07..My condition is back to normal now. I think using virgin coconut oil before taking a shower did wonders.
• Indonesia
7 Apr 08
ah, nice to hear that your condition of your hairs going to normal again. so you put virgin coconut oil before wash your hairs or put it everyday before you take shower. i am getting curious too now cause i have the same problem due to my stress level
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@Jemina (5773)
8 Apr 08
You Know when I take a shower I don't always wash my hair because shampooing everyday is not good especially for my case I have dry hair. So I only apply virgin coconut oil if I'm going to wash my hair too. Otherwise it would feel too hot and sticky especially if you live in the tropics. If you are experiencing hairfall at the moment, I strongly recommend you use virgin coconut oil. Just apply it on your scalp. Dab a drop of oil on each of your fingertips and massage them to your scalp. Leave it for at least half an hour before you shampoo it or take a shower.
@DW1PJM (2)
• Philippines
18 Sep 08
Hi...i had dengue 3 months ago..had blood transfusion for my platelets.My platelet count went down to 10,000.Just 3 days ago....my hair is falling away fast.I got scared too.Im taking centrum vitamis and a medicine called selenium.My dermathologist said its a vitamin for hair. My hair is still falling..but hey....i would like to believe its nothing serious.My doctor said it will eventually come back.
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@Jemina (5773)
1 Oct 08
I suggest you start using VCO. It's the only best solution out there.
• Philippines
2 Oct 08
Do you drink the VCO or just apply it to the hair?Thanks
• Australia
20 Jan 09
Hi Jemina. Thanks for asking the question. ím losing hair, is it because of dengue' I got dengue fever at the end of Oct 08'. I went to hospital and my blood count was at 31. I was lucky that I did not need blood. Last week my hair started falling out and I can see my scalp. I'm going to try the vco. Hopefully this will work for me. I dont want to lose any more hair!!
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@Jemina (5773)
17 May 09
Sorry about this very late reply. Anyway, I do hope it worked with you.
@callarse1 (4786)
• United States
29 Nov 08
Awww, so are you okay now? Is the dengue over with? Are you okay now? Has your hair come back? Why does this stuff even exist? I'm sorry that you had to go through that. So do people have blood transfusion because of low white blood cells that the disease causes? Thank you very much Pablo
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@Jemina (5773)
30 Nov 08
Yea, I'm okay now. Typically, dengue lasts for 5-7 days. It could be deadly but thanks God I came out alive. Dengue virus causes platelet to stop producing. I was almost brought to the ICU because my fever was not going down and after my first and second transfusion the platelet dropped even lower so I had another transfusion. But as what the doctor said, 5-7 days is the usual confinement. So on the sixth day I went home. If you want to read the detailed story you can go here: http://devotionsandreflections.today.com/2008/09/17/why-me/
• Philippines
30 Oct 08
Hi Jemina, Im glad I found this discussion booard. I also had dengue last July 2008 and had blood transfusion too.Yah, it was so scary at that moment.. I got same problem too. I also noticed that my hair is falling badly after my confinement. I tried using Lawat shampoo as my friend recommended it and now its almost empty yet my hair fall is getting worst..Im thinking to cut my hair but my friends insist that I shouldn't..I tried to had a hot oil using coconut oil but i just do it when I have time since it takes a lot of work. Well I guess I should have that virgin coconut oil. I am just sooo worried. I used to have thick hair but now I can see already my scalp...but thank's for this..It makes me feel better now.
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@Jemina (5773)
30 Nov 08
Hello Athenalady, I'm glad this discussion have helped you in some way. I do hope the virgin oil will stop your hairfall. By the way, I see that you posted this about a month ago. I'm so sorry I was away from myLot for quite a while. Anyway, if your hair has stopped falling you can stop using virgin coconut oil for one month and then do it again.
• India
21 Sep 08
Its good that you've recovered from dengue. As far as the hair fall is concerned, I don't know if it could be because of dengue, but I know one thing, that in women hair fall could be because of some gynecological problems. I advise you to go an see your doctor, he me as well ask you to get some tests done.
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@Jemina (5773)
1 Oct 08
Well, if we ask the authority themselves they will say that Dengue itself is not the cause but I think as the body goes into a deep stress during this illness then it causes hairfall. Also I read that high fever will cause hairfall. Since dengue starts with high fever so I believe it causes hairfall. The hairfall has stopped because I used virgin coconut oil.
16 Aug 08
I contracted dengue in Manila last May. Thankfully I survived. My hair has been falling out like crazy too. I used to have thick hair and now I have lots of bald spots. I was told to consult a dermatologist. Or should I just try using virgin coconut oil like you suggested. Has your hair stopped falling? This is getting me down. Please help me understand why this is happening.
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@Jemina (5773)
1 Oct 08
Yes, just use the virgin coconut oil. Otherwise if you go to a dermatologist they will just prescribe their products that might not be of any help to you. VCO has really stopped my hairfall, thanks God. It's proven effective.
10 Aug 08
hi! this is a good jemina. I am Sara, i had dengue fever hemorragic last april 2008,,,,,,i detected the increasing falling hair 7 weeks ago, I said thanks to God because, my plateles went down till 20.....I prayed strongly and I declare in the name of Jesus not to have blood transfusion,.......the day after a miracle happened and the plateles started to increase. when did you right this message????????????????/
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@Jemina (5773)
1 Oct 08
Hi Sara, that was really a miracle for you to not have a blood transfusion. I think I wrote this message sometime in December 2007.
@rhane7315 (5649)
• Philippines
13 Apr 08
i suggest that you should switch to other shampoo and conditioners as well this can be sometimes as one of the reason why we lose some hair
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@Jemina (5773)
14 Apr 08
Thanks, Rhane..somehow it has stopped. Thanks to Virgin Coconut Oil.
• United States
4 Feb 08
I have never heard of Dengue before so I looked it up. Wow what a horrible illness. Being an RN I know that anytime your body goes through a very stressful illness like you had it can effect your hair. I would get it checked out before I lose any more hair. You can be losing your hair for other reasons also.
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@Jemina (5773)
4 Feb 08
Thanks for your response Teapotmom. At least it made me understand a little bit. I asked other nurses too but I realized that they're not the right person to ask especially if they had never experience this. Nurses are nurses and not patients. Anyway, I thank you for explaining a bit about my condition and I think you're right. But I will also take your advice and see a doctor for this.
2 May 08
Hi Jemina, Glad to hear you're feeling better. I got denuge hemorrhagic fever in January and ended up in hospital - very scary time. I ended up getting hepititis and cirrhosis of the liver coz of the dengue too. In the past few weeks I've started to loose my hair, I went to my doctor but he said he couldn't do anything and said that I'm lucky I'm still here. Everything else is getting better now but I hate losing my long hair! I was wondering if you think the virgin coconut oil would be a good idea to try, how's it working out for you? Thanks in advance
@Jemina (5773)
2 May 08
Hello Crazy, sorry to hear about the complications you got from your dengue. I had the same case and it was Grade 3. I was almost taken to the ICU because the first two blood transfusions didn't make me better but instead the platelet continued to drop even lower. Anyway, good to know you also survived. About your falling hair, try VCO as it really helped me solve my falling hair. Before you wash your hair, apply the VCO on your scalp. Put the oil on your finger tips and massage to your scalp. Leave it for about an hour before you take a shower. I hope it will work out with you too.
10 May 08
Hi Jemina, Thanks for your response. My dengue was at stage 3 too. I think that maybe the more severe forms of dengue put so much stress on the body that there is a more noticable loss of hair a few months later. I'll get some VCO and will try that and will let you know what happens. I was just about to get a drastic hair cut, above my shoulder or just below my chin, I think maybe I'll hold off on that until I've tried this for a few weeks. Thanks again, Lynsey
@Jemina (5773)
10 May 08
Nooo, don't cut your hair. Just try this VCO thing and I'm sure it will work for you too. Don't shampoo your hair everyday. And if ever you use conditioner don't apply it on your scalp. Just on your hair.
@mwting (3)
• Singapore
25 Jul 11
Hi Jemina, Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. I am facning the same problem now after got dengue on May. My hair start falling since one month ago, and it still continuing, i feel very scary and helpless. Somemore i am getting marry on Nov,Only 4 mths left now. i really dont know how to do. May i know what brand of VOC you were using that time? Is this hair loss problem will recover itself after few mths even i didnt use other products to stop the hair loss? Your responce will be appreciated.
@Jemina (5773)
25 Jul 11
I don't remember what brand I used but I think it doesn't matter as long as it's VCO it will do wonders. It stopped after two weeks of using VCO. Don't be stressed out. Just apply VCO faithfully before washing your hair. God bless.
• Singapore
26 Jul 11
Hi Jemina, Thanks god that you reply my msg!! May i know if your hair regrow back as before? Did you take vitamin during that period?
• Philippines
17 Aug 12
I was also hospitalized because of dengue last May, 2012 and a few months ago my son & daugther also hospitalized due to dengue too at the same time! And that stressed me a lot! Last week, i'd noticed that i have a hair loss, specially after every shower & every time i brush my hair. Now, i open this discussion maybe tomorrow i'l buy VCO. I hope for a possitive effect! Haydz Camarines Sur, Philippines
@beca_q (1)
• Venezuela
12 Sep 10
I'm so glad to have found this post! I've been losing my hair for the past 2 weeks and I recovered from hemorrhagic dengue 3 months ago. I hate to sound vain, but my hair is my pride and glory, and to be losing it has me crying and anxious all day long. I will definitely try to coconut oil as well as getting my bloodwork done (as instructed by my doc) and going to a dermatologist. The thought of having to cut my hair has me down :( I'm thankful to read that I'm not the only one!
• Germany
14 Sep 10
ohh i have the same problem...that means my sister and me. we got dengue in indonesia about more or less 3-4 months ago. since aprox. 2 months we are both suffering under diffuse hairfall. my bed looks like there would have slept a dog because of all the hair dont even want to talk about the shocking view when i style my hair with gel and see all the hairs in my hand. i already cann see my skin on the head. I think i already suffer under depressions...i loved my hair! and i am just 27! My sister and me went to different doctors. They gave my sister regaine spray and some vitamins and iron. and me propecia. but our hairs are falling and falling... which brand of VCO u have used jemnina? I will try to get some VCO tomorrow morning in a health food shop!? i hope that it will stop the hairfall an that my hair will regrow....or at least STOP falling now...i cant stand it much longer... I wish u all " good groth " Chris
• Germany
14 Sep 10
jemina how much time did it take after recover from dengue to start loosing hair? and how many months did u suffer loosing hair? thx for all informations...i am happy to talk to people who pass through the same mess...
12 Oct 10
check this out !! www.indiamike.com/india/chai-and-chat-f73/anyone-else-had-dengue-fever-f69948/ i had dengue in june . My skin in the palms of my hands, legs and feet started peeling off after i have discharged from the hospital. In mid Aug, i notice my hair is falling and it get worsen in mid Sept. I start searching through the net and found the info in the above site is very helpful. The past 1 week, it has finally slow down, although i'm still losing it every day but it has improved at least 50%, I believe i will fully recover and so do all of us. So don't worry !! I take Iron Supplement, apply hair tonic on my scalp and use hair loss control shampoo, that's all i do.
@tigerdragon (4297)
• Philippines
16 Feb 08
they say eat camote tops or drink its juice, i mean sweet potatoe leaftops.
@Jemina (5773)
16 Feb 08
What's that for? for dengue or hairfall? I read the article about camote tops and it's magical effect on dengue. But my concern is hairfall.
• Philippines
16 Feb 08
sorry, it's for dengue. for losing hair, it just needs a lot of rest ,nutritious food, a lot of water and less stress.
@Jemina (5773)
18 Feb 08
I see Thanks for the tips. I think they are very true.
@joshdale08 (2323)
• Philippines
14 Feb 08
sad that this is happening to you but good thing you've survived dengue. a teenage friend of the family did not... well, let's not go into that. but maybe, your hair falling could be a side effect of one of your medications? am not really sure but you just have to consult an expert for this. good luck!
@Jemina (5773)
14 Feb 08
Yea, I'll consult a doctor this week. It was really a miracle that I survived and I thank God for it. He gave me another chance to live. Anyway, I heard hair loss could be resulted from excessive stress like when I was hospitalized.
• Philippines
14 Feb 08
stress would be the biggest fator there. but, i'm pretty sure this condition is temporary and you'll soon be your old self again.
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@Jemina (5773)
14 Feb 08
Thanks for the assurance. I really appreciate it.
• Australia
24 Apr 11
Hi Jemina I know you posted this question 4 years ago but i was just wondering if your hair went back to normal after six months of having dengue? I had dengue in Jan 2011 and its now April 2011 and i have really bad hair loss and i want it to go away! and was virgin coconut oil a big help or did you use something else? Thank you :)
• Germany
11 May 11
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• Germany
11 May 11
Hello hafsah, my sister and I we had dengue too, you can read about our situation in some of the last postings. I can tell you that you can calm down... we had very bad loss of hair too after dengue. but now its like it was before dengue. we tried virgine coconut oil too. its good for the hair but in my opinion it does not help against the loss of hair. Just eat healthy try to avoid stress and relax. We got dengue in Bali and my balinese doctor had dengue twice. and he told us that at the second time he lost all of his hair. but it came all back after some time. i unterstand your fears and i wish you all the best.
6 Dec 09
I'm suffering from the same thing now - I can see you posted this 2 years ago - did you lose all of your hair? I'm scared!
@Jemina (5773)
6 Dec 09
Hi Missisun, did you get a dengue like me? I didn't lose all my hair, thanks to virgin coconut oil. After using it for about two weeks the hairfall stopped.
16 Nov 09
How is your hair growing back? I lost about 30% of mine with dengue fever in February 2007, and it's just starting to get full again now. Do you still feel physical weakness or any symptoms from the dengue? I kind of feel like it took a toll on my immune system. It was a week of hell, that's for sure. Hope you're well!
@Jemina (5773)
21 Nov 09
After using VCO for two weeks the hairfall stopped and a couple of months later the hair grew back. You can imagine those growing hair especially on top of my head, I looked like a chick who was starting to become a hen. hahah!! Apart from the falling hair, there's nothing else I could think of really. And I'm thankful to God for that. Maybe because of my lifestyle. I don't really eat junk foods and soft drinks but I must admit I sometimes eat chocolates. But most of the time I only lots of fruits and vege. Another thing is that after my hospitalization I stopped working and stayed home to rest and let my body recover fully.
@SHAMRACK (8580)
• India
14 Feb 08
Hi, I too had heard about this,it is might be mostly due to the deficiency of vitamins. In our place in Kerala in India we use mostly coconut oils for hairs and it gives healthy hair too. I hope there are many ayurvadic oils or natural oils. If is too bad it might better consult a hair specialist. I hope it might be better to use natural oils rather than those shapoos other with chemicals.
@Jemina (5773)
14 Feb 08
Yea, I know coconut oil does wonder. I just hope it will help stop the problem. Tahnks, Shamrack.