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Can thyroid cause hair fall?
Can thyroid cause hair fall?

Can thyroid cause hair fall?

Posted by
 Dr Batra’s™  July 7, 2020

Hair loss is something we all experience at one point in our lives. You must have heard of different reasons of losing them – not eating properly, insomnia, smoking, stress, chemical treatments, and coloring your hair.

But, do you know you can even lose your hair because of thyroid disorder?

You would be surprised to know that nearly half of all adults experience thinning of hair by age 40. Out of which about 20 percent of individuals with thyroid disorders are evidenced to experience hair loss earlier and more quickly than the others.

Hair loss, therefore, tends to persist in thyroid patients. Many patients also do not realize at all that their hair loss may be triggered by a thyroid disorder. They keep trying to manage their hair loss with different oils, shampoos, salon treatments or even medication, but with no results.

In fact, many people visit doctors’ clinic just complaining of nothing else but hair loss. However, when they suspect thyroid problems, based on their history and clinical signs, they are advised investigations, which confirm the suspicion in most cases - thyroid problem being the culprit.

Signs to watch out when thyroid disorder is the culprit behind hair loss Also read

You may most likely have hyperthyroidism-related hair loss if you see these signs –

  • Weight loss
  • Heat intolerance
  • Increased appetite
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Frequent stools
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety/nervousness

You may most likely have hypothyroidism-related hair loss if you see these signs –

  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Sluggishness
  • Fatigue; lack of energy
  • Dry skin
  • Depression

A point worth noting is that, apart from diffuse hair loss all over the scalp, thyroid problems can also trigger patchy hair loss - alopecia areata. Smooth, bald patches may spontaneously appear over the scalp in this condition.

While hyperthyroidism causes general hair loss on the scalp, making hair thin and sparse, hypothyroidism makes hair dry, brittle, coarse and sparse, on the outer edge of the eyebrows.

In addition, general loss of body hair from areas other than the scalp may also sometimes be seen in thyroid disease.

Diagnosing the condition

Thyroid disease can trigger a number of symptoms which are helpful in diagnosis - some apparent, some subtle.

Your trichologist will order a simple blood test when you present with symptoms that indicate thyroid disease - to confirm the diagnosis.

When the cause of hair loss due to thyroid problem is established, the next step is to treat the hormonal problem - once this is done, hair loss automatically comes under control.

Homeopathy: Safe & Effective Treatment for Thyroid-related Hair Loss

Homeopathy does not just treat hair loss on the outside, or surface - or, merely its apparent, external symptoms. It treats the ‘root cause’ of the problem - in this case, thyroid problems. To achieve this, it analyses not only the type of hair loss, but also the individual’s personality, or temperament, and their emotional symptoms, as one whole.

Homeopathic medicines for hair loss, caused by thyroid problems, have been found to be clinically safe and effective.

When your homeopathic doctor confirms that your hair loss is caused by thyroid problem, you’d need to have patience and give adequate time for the treatment to show results. This is simply because you’d also give some time for your body to adjust to the homeopathic medicine for hair loss and to increase the possibility for your hair to re-grow. In most cases, once the hormones reach normal levels, excessive hair loss too comes under control. Likewise, the density or volume of hair which had reduced also comes back to ‘normal.’ However, this could take up to one hair cycle i.e. three years.