Hair Loss and Thyroid Disease

Hair loss is caused by varied factors. One of them is hyperthyroidism. Others factors include poor dietary choices, hormonal changes, vitamin deficiencies, surgery, certain medication and medical conditions – one of them being thyroid disease. If your hair loss is caused by thyroid disease – then here are ten steps you should take in order to deal with the situation as best as you can.

Step One: Get an evaluation – Visit a dermatologist and have him evaluate your hair loss – this is important in order to exclude any other possible causes.

Step Two: Be patient – If you have just embarked on hyperthyroid treatments, then you will just have to be patient and wait for hormone levels to stabilize and get back to normal. This could take anything from a few weeks to a few months. Hang in there.

Step Three: Understand the types of hair loss – Hair loss occurs in three ways. Normal shedding of hair is one of them, like when you take a shower or brush your hair – which is the most common type of hair loss with hyperthyroidism. The next is linked with fungal infection (autoimmune alopecia) – which results in circular bald patches and has nothing to do with thyroid disease. The final one is male pattern hair loss.

Step Four: Make sure it is not your thyroid drug – If your thyroid medication includes Levothyroxine as a replacement for your thyroid hormone, and hair loss continues – then you might need to go back to your doctor.

Step Five: Make sure you are not undertreated – Hair loss could also result from being undertreated. You might want your doctor to test you for optimal levels and then reconsider your medication.

Step Six: Find out if you need a second drug – Some people react better to a combination of T4 and T3 instead of only T4. Ask your doctor.

Step Seven: Consider an alternative treatment – Primrose oil can counter the conversion of testosterone to DHT on your scalp. You should try it.

Step Eight: Look at other alternatives – Studies reveal that 90% of women suffering from thinning hair had iron and amino acid lysine deficiencies. Consider including more meat, eggs and fish in your diet and perhaps even lysine supplements, as it is one of the most difficult nutrients to get in the food you eat.

Step Nine: Consult a doctor for prescription treatment – Check with your dermatologist for recommended drug treatments like Rogaine, Propecia or even scalp injections.

Step Ten: Talk about it with others – Hair loss is not only frightening but also affects self-esteem. It is best to discuss this with close friends and family, especially those dealing with the same problem.