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.
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Can Thyroid Problems Cause Hair Loss?

By    |   Tuesday, 30 July 2013 04:28 PM

Question: What are the proper tests for thyroid dysfunction? My hair is falling out and I am very fatigued.

Dr Hibberd's answer:
Thyroid function is usually screened for by the use of an ultrasensitive TSH blood test — short for thyroid stimulating hormone. TSH causes the thyroid to make two hormones, triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4), that regulate metabolism. In certain circumstances, free levels of T4 and T3 may be advised, especially when an overactive thyroid is suspected.
Hair loss and fatigue, while more commonly associated with an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), is also seen with overactive thyroid conditions (hyperthyroidism), as well as with a wide variety of other medical conditions.

These tests are inexpensive, and can be done with a simple blood sample.  Results are usually available within an hour.

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