Hair loss due to thyroid problems
The thyroid gland determines the speed at which a body’s cells work. If, however, the gland is overactive or underactive, over time the patient’s hair can become thin, brittle, and liable to breakage. This can often lead to hair loss, but with the right care, it can return once the condition is cured.
How does the thyroid gland work?
The thyroid gland is located in the neck, and regulated the release of two different hormones, called thyroxine and triiodothyronine. As mentioned previously, these two chemicals regulate the speed at which the cells throughout the body are working.
Thyroid issues occur when the gland produces either too much or too little thyroxine – referred to as hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism respectively.
If too much thyroxine is produced, then the cells will perform at a rate which risks damaging the body. For example, different organs can become overworked, leading to an increased heart rate, increased intestinal activity, excessive sweating and hand tremors. If too little thyroxine is produced, then the cells will perform at a lower speed, leading to excessive tiredness, weight gain, weak muscles and itchy, dry skin.
Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can lead to hair loss in severe cases as they are liable to lead to further autoimmune conditions such as alopecia.
How can it be treated?
Today, thyroid issues can be easily solved through the use of daily medication provided by a GP. An under-active gland can be treated using levothyroxine, while an over-active gland can be treat using a group of drugs called thionamides.
Both forms of treatment will need to be taken a number of months depending on the severity of condition, and it is likely that the patient will endure side effects such as headaches, joint pain, and nausea amongst others.
Unfortunately, it can take some time after treatment has finished before a patient’s hair will return.
What steps can I take to limit the effects of hair loss due to thyroid problems?
- As the body recovers from the condition, take the time to optimise your diet for recovery by removing dairy and gluten from your menu. Of course, once your hair returns, you can gradually re-incorporate these options into your daily meals. So, stick to meat and veggies for now.
- Increase your iron intake through the use of supplements or a special diet.
- Keep your blood sugar balanced by always eating a high-protein breakfast.
- Avoid adrenal fatigue by reducing any sources of stress in your life.
- Take a suitable multi-vitamin to make sure your body receives all the sustenance it needs.
If you are worried that you are suffering from hair loss as a result of thyroid problems, it is always advisable to visit your GP to discuss the options that are available to you. However, we will always be available to provide additional support and offer a number of different therapies to help you recover from hair loss due to thyroid problems such as our bespoke perm-a-graph system, so please book a consultation with the Hair Growth Studio if you’d like advice from a different perspective.
How We Helped Our Client
We used our Perm-a-Graph non surgical hair replacement procedure to help her. We took a sample of her hair, sent it off to be replicated and then attached it to a thin skin membrane. We then bonded the membrane to her scalp and pulled through her real hair to give for a natural look.
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