Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
Tags: Thyroid Disorders | hormone | hair | loss | thyroid

Can Thyroid Treatment Help My Hair Loss?

Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 09:58 AM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

Question: My hair is falling out due to hypothyroidism. How can I treat this?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
The hair loss seen with hypothyroidism is corrected by replacing the deficient thyroid hormone, and will take three to six months before your hair fullness returns. Unfortunately, taking more hormone than needed won't correct the hair loss problem any quicker, but it could complicate your return to health with fatigue and other problems.
 
Correct dosing is essential and is determined by measurement of your ultra-sensitive TSH. Too little or too much thyroid hormone can have unpleasant effects on health and well-being, and can actually increase cardiac risks.
 

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