The health of your hair can be used as a barometer for the health of your body. Meaning any sudden change in the health of your hair, regardless of whether you are a man or woman, could indicate a more serious problem is surfacing. When your body is under duress hair cells can shut down, causing hair loss. This type of response may indicate anything from hormonal changes to certain medications and/or medical conditions - including thyroid.
Thyroid and Hair Loss
You may be familiar with male hair loss, but hair loss is common in women as well - especially those around age 40. Thyroid patients tend to experience thinning hair earlier and faster than their otherwise healthy peers. However, with the right treatment and medication your hair loss will not be permanent.
Signs and Symptoms of Thyroid Problems
While thyroid problems cause a host of symptoms, some patients feel the worst is losing their hair. Most thyroid diseases cause hair loss on the head - but hypothyroidism also causes hair loss on the outer edge of the eyebrows. Other common symptoms of thyroid problems include:
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- Neck Discomfort/Enlargement
- Skin Changes
- Bowel Problems
- Menstrual Irregularities and Fertility Problems
- Cholesterol Issues
- Depression and Anxiety
- Weight Changes
Hair Changes Related to Thyroid
If you have a thyroid problem, you may experience more changes than just thinning hair. The texture of your hair can change as well! Once you are on the right track with your medication, you will notice your hair slowly starting to return to normal. At first hair regrowth may be slow, but eventually your hair will start to show signs regrowing. After several months your hair should grow in thicker and stronger.
- If you are experiencing hair loss or changes in your hair that you think may related to thyroid problems you, talk to your doctor or dermatologist
- Research the side effects of any medications you are taking, and
- Make sure you aren’t being under treated
- Ask for a T3 test which will measure triiodothyronine - a specific thyroid hormone. Most thyroid mediations are designed to treat T4 (thyroxine), but many patients benefit from the addition of T3
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