How Thyroid Diseases Cause Hair Loss
02 / 17 / 20

How Thyroid Diseases Cause Hair Loss

Hair loss is common, but there are times when hair loss comes as the result of physical conditions like a malfunctioning thyroid gland. Let’s explore the thyroid gland and the disease that effect it, often ultimately causing hair loss. Next, we’ll take a look at the hair loss solutions of HRC – Hair Restoration of California, where our state of the art hair loss solutions can provide effective hair restoration but also help prevent hair loss.

The Thyroid Gland

The thyroid gland is located in the lower, front of your neck, where it makes thyroid hormones for the body. Your body then uses the hormones from this butterfly-shaped gland for energy, warmth, and keeping your organs and muscles working well. Common thyroid issues include hypothyroidism (the result of an underactive thyroid gland producing less than normal thyroid hormones) and hyperthyroidism (which results from an overactive thyroid gland, overproducing thyroid hormones).

Autoimmune disorders, like Hashimoto’s Disease (hypothyroidism) and Graves’ Disease (hyperthyroidism) are often behind abnormal thyroid function. In either instance, hair loss is common side effect.

Thyroid Function and Hair Loss – What’s the Connection?

With hair loss as a symptom of both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, you may find yourself wondering about the connection between thyroid abnormalities and your hair. You are right to wonder, as there is a connection. Thyroid hormones play a part in the development and health of your hair follicles, from which your hair grows. When your thyroid produces too much or too little thyroid hormones, hair loss can be the result.

Your hair grows in cycles, with a percentage of your hair follicles at rest (known as the telogen phase) at any given time in the cycle. When the cycle is disrupted, such as the case with thyroid diseases, hair loss and thinning can occur. The result is a state known as telogen effluvium, a disorder of the scalp in which the hair resting phase occurs early causing greater than normal hair loss.

How Do You Know if Your Hair Loss is Thyroid-related?

Minimal hair loss is normal. During the resting phase of the hair growth cycle, up to 100 hairs can be lost daily. With thyroid disease, hair loss is considerably greater, with some individuals losing hair in patches. Of course, hair loss is only one symptom of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, here are some others.

Other hypothyroidism symptoms include weight gain, dry skin, tiredness, forgetfulness, feeling cold, depression, and constipation. Common hyperthyroidism symptoms include weight loss, nervousness, anxiety, increased heartbeat, muscle weakness, hand tremors, frequent bowel movements, brittle hair, tiredness, and welling around the eyes.

If you suspect your hair loss might be due to a thyroid malfunction or thyroid disease, it is important to contact your doctor and have your thyroid level checked for an accurate diagnosis. Your doctor will perform a thorough examination, complete with history and blood tests to measure your thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and thyroxine to determine the condition of your thyroid.

Treating Thyroid Issues Including Hair Loss

Before treating any thyroid-related hair loss, you’ll need to get your thyroid condition treated. Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) is treated with a synthetic hormone known as levothyroxine sodium. Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) treatment varies, but may include antithyroid medications methimazole or propylthiouracil (PTU), radiation therapy, or surgery.

Solutions for Your Thyroid-Related Hair Loss

Once your thyroid condition is diagnosed, you will likely find your related hair loss will improve in approximately six months, once treated. You can also find help at HRC-Hair Restoration of California – where we promise state of the art hair loss treatments. We can help you develop habits which strengthen your hair, avoid habits which can make hair loss worse, and find the solutions you need to keep your scalp healthy, preserve and restore your hair to the thick, fabulous look you desire. Contact us today, and take the first step with your free consultation.