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Thyroid Hair Loss: How to Stop It

By    |   Tuesday, 03 May 2016 05:35 PM

Hair loss is a troubling symptom of many different health challenges, but thyroid disorder is a common cause.

The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system that controls metabolism by producing hormones, and its proper functioning is crucial for healthy hair growth. Hair loss can occur when the thyroid produces either too little hormone (hypothyroidism) or too much hormone (hyperthyroidism).

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According to the British Thyroid Foundation, hair loss usually begins within a few months of the onset of thyroid disease, and most patients experience a diffuse, overall thinning of the hair rather than hair falling our in discreet patches.

While any patient with thyroid disease can experience hair loss, this is especially true if the thyroid condition is caused by an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s disease or Graves’ disease. Patients with these diseases have a higher risk of developing alopecia areata, another autoimmune condition that results in hair loss.

Fortunately, hair loss from thyroid disease is temporary. Once the underlying hormone imbalance is treated medically, hair will typically begin filling in again, although it can take several months.

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For those with hypothyroidism, taking the synthetic thyroid hormone levothyroxine can initially make hair loss worse, says Everyday Health.

Dr. Eric Osansky, a chiropractor and holistic wellness expert, says people experiencing hair loss due to a thyroid condition could benefit from talking to a holistic physician in addition to their endocrinologist. He adds that some supplements such as vitamins C and E and the amino acids L-lysine and L-arginine can facilitate hair growth. Evening primrose oil also shows promise with hair loss and hypothyroidism.

Everyday Health encourages patients who are self-conscious about hair loss to experiment with new hairstyles, professional quality hair pieces, and natural-looking wigs that can camouflage hair loss while you wait for your underlying thyroid disorder to be corrected.

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