Thyroid and Hair Loss

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There is a link between thyroid and hair loss. When someone has, either hypo or hyperthyroidism, hair may fall out. With a thyroid disease you are also in a greater risk to suffer from alopecia areata.

That means a rapid and excessive hair loss in some parts of your scalp, reaching to balding. Also affecting the hair of other parts of your body, like for instance, eyebrows an eyelashes. 

This leads to a mixture of emotions, ranging from fear, anxiety, frustration, even anger.

Causes of Thyroid Imbalance

Hypothyroidism happens, either when thyroid doesn't produce enough of the hormone T3 (triiodothyronine), or enough of the hormone T4 (thyroxine).

            ·    Alopecia Areata- Alopecia areata or alopecia circumscripta is an autoimmune disease. This causes hair loss in certain areas of the scalp.

            ·    Lupus-Lupus is an autoimmune disease, but are related to other autoimmune diseases like hyper or hypothyroidism.

If it is Discoid Lupus Erythematosus, that causes a chronic irritation in the form of discs, especially in the scalp. Hence its name discoid lupus. In that disc, after the irritation, some scars are formed, where the hair does not grow back once it is lost.

            ·    Medications to treat thyroid disease-In rare cases, some drugs like propylthiouracil or carbimazole, may lead to hair loss.

Levothyroxine for hypothyroidism, also causes hair loss, but only in the first month of treatment, and is more common in children than in adults. After the first month, thyroid hormone levels tend to stabilize. 

            ·    Strong Headaches-The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, conducted a study, among those who had headaches and migraine. Click here to see.

The result was, that 21 percent of those who suffered from headaches, and 41 percent of those with migraine, were more likely to develop hypothyroidism. Who would have thought, there would be a connection between headaches, thyroid and hair loss?

Types of hair loss

There are three types of hair loss:

            ·    Alopecia Areata-Occurs when anxiety levels are high. That would provoke white blood cells to attack the hair follicles.

            ·    Telogen Effluvium-It happens when stress forces a large number of hair follicles to enter a resting phase. In a few months, the follicles that stay in that phase, suddenly begin to fall, with just using a shampoo or combing your hair.

            ·    Trichotillomania-This is an irresistible desire to pluck out the hair from the scalp, eyebrows, lashes and other body parts.

Symptoms

When the thyroid is not properly adjusted, the hair would come out, but with difficulty. It's like when you're in an elevator. If it is not adjusted correctly, then when the door is opened, it will be between two floors. You could not leave the elevator freely, right?

Maybe you could, but with great difficulty. If you risk to do so.

The same happens when you have a problem with thyroid and hair loss at the same time, or with a thyroid not well adjusted. The hair would come out, but with difficulty. If it dares to do it.

Here are some symptoms for either hypo or hyperthyroidism:

            ·    anxiety, changing in the mood, irritability, frustration, nervousness, fear, even anger

            ·    brain Fog

            ·    changes in the texture of hair-If you have hypothyroidism, hair changes to dry and thicker. While with hyperthyroidism, hair becomes thinner and softer.

            ·    chills

            ·    difficulty concentrating, remembering or paying attention

            ·    fatigue

            ·    hair or skin dryness

            ·    having the disease a long time, produces either scattered hair loss or thinning hair. It is possible for the hair to grow back, but it could take several months. But in many cases, the re-growth is not complete

            ·    insomnia, or in the other end sleeping too much

            ·    loss of hair in different parts of your body, like eyebrows or eyelashes

             ·    menorrhagia or irregular menstrual periods

             ·    not being able to tolerate temperature changes

             ·    round bald patches in areas of your scalp

             ·    weakness or muscle aches

             ·    weight loss or weight gain

If you have any of these symptoms, you must seek medical help.

Everything will start with a simple blood test, followed by an effective treatment, that allows you to resume your daily life as normal as possible

Treatments for Thyroid and Hair Loss 

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What treatments you can consider for thyroid and hair loss? Well, as soon as your thyroid diagnosis is made, and you are given the proper treatment, you will see how your hair growth returns to normal. That´s good news, my friend!

I'm sure you'll want to look your best until thyroid hormone levels are regulated. Some people look for wigs or toupee to hide their hair loss. Personally, I do not recommend it, because it is pretty difficult for those around you, not to realize that you are wearing it.

Others change their hairstyle to camouflage their hair loss. Finally, some others use a hair loss concealer, that is made up of hair building fibers that eliminates bald spots and thinning hair, instantly. It also makes you look more natural.