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Post Covid-19 Complications: From Hair Loss To Herpes, Patients Complain of Multiple Symptoms

By Disha Sharma -
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  • 17th June 2021,
  • 12:15 PM

Post-COVID 19 complications are increasing as patients have been rushed to OPD's despite recovering from the disease.

COVID symptoms

COVID symptoms

Post Covid-19 Complications: Post recovery COVID 19 symptoms are increasingly making headlines. From COVID nails, hair loss to herpes, there is enough evidence that has pointed out dangerous signs of post-recovery. However, the dermatologist said it’s better to stay cautious rather than paranoid.

Skincare experts at leading private hospitals in Delhi and Mumbai are recommending that the post recovered patients are required to consult doctors immediately if skin inflammation grows uncontrollably.

Speaking to a leading daily, Dr. DM Mahajan, senior consultant, dermatology Indraprastha Apollo Hospital said many patients post COVID with skin complications rushing to OPD fearing that they have contracted mucormycosis or black fungus.

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The most common that has been reported so far is the case of herpes. Many patients with a history of Herpes are complaining while many are contracting it afresh, both due to lowered immunity, he told a leading news agency.

Explaining in detail, Dr. Mahajan said that Herpes zoster, a viral infection that occurs with reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus which is usually a painful but self-limited dermatomal rash is being reported more than Herpes from HSV.

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Infection with herpes simplex virus, commonly known as herpes, can occur due to either herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) or herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).

Candida fungus

Candida fungus has also been reported among Covid patients who are in the recovery phase.

Candidiasis is a fungal infection that is caused by a yeast (a type of fungus) called Candida. It is a mold-like infection that can result from excessive medication or the use of steroids. This infection can cause white patches on genitalia, Dr. Mahajan adds.

Multiple complications, including in the skin, hair, and nails have been reported, a Mumbai-based dermatologist and hair transplant surgeon Dr. Sonali Kohli said.


COVID nails have also been reported among the recovered COVID patients. COVIS nails are melanonychia or Beau’s lines. Melanonychia is a whitish or brown line on nails, she adds.

Dr Nidhi Rohtagi, senior consultant, dermatology at Fortis hospital, Vasant Kunj, said post-Covid hair loss is being seen more in women.

Hair Loss

Dr. Nidhi Rohtagi, senior consultant, dermatology at Fortis hospital, Vasant Kunj, said post-Covid patients have complained of skin complications with some sort of inflammation or spots on the forehead or back.

But many times are simple, self-limiting rashes that subside with time after applying appropriate ointment, Dr. Nidhi adds.

Cases of ‘Covid toes’ have also been observed in which ulcer or necrosis occurs on the tip of a toe and the neighbouring toe, the doctor said.

Still, it is best advisable that the post-recovered patients should immediately consult doctors.

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