Hair Loss and Thyroid Disease

If you suffer from hair loss you might want to make sure that your problem is not caused by a thyroid condition. Although the usual reasons for hair loss are genetic predetermination, hormonal changes, or certain cancer treatments, thyroid hair loss should also be considered.

There are three types of hair loss; thyroid hair loss, autoimmune alopecia, and male pattern hair loss. Thyroid hair loss can manifest in both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. In those with thyroid hair loss, there will be a general thinning of the hair, without the bald patches characteristic of male pattern baldness.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism include fatigue, dry skin, abnormal sensitivity to cold, constipation and depression. If you one or more of these symptoms along with loss of hair, think about getting tested for thyroid problems.

Synthroid is commonly prescribed in hypothyroidism; in some cases, this medication is effective however, it can produce thyroid hair loss as a side effect for some people. Your hair loss may be due to the side effects of taking Synthroid, so make sure to talk to your doctor about the possibility. Thyroid hair loss can also occur if you are under-treated. A Thyroid Stimulating Hormone level of around 1.8-3 is optimal for a large number of people who are suffering from hypothyroidism and at these levels there is usually no loss of hair.

Some people have tried essential oils, including evening primrose oil supplements as one alternative therapy.  This supplement should be taken with caution in that some people with estrogen issues have become worse when taking evening primrose.  For others, aromatherapy is another possible treatment option which has been reported to be effective. Essential oils of thyme, cedar wood oil, lavender, and rosemary can be blended and applied to the scalp to help encourage hair growth.

Ayurveda medicines such as Bhingaraj oil or brahmi oil have also been used to treat hair loss due to thyroid conditions. Both these oils applied to the scalp continuously for at least 3 months are said to aid hair growth. Growth of hair will also be aided by supplementation with the ayurvedic herbs amla and ashwagandha.

The ultimate remedy for thyroid hair loss is hair transplantation. Tiny hair plugs are removed from the scalp’s back or side and then implanted to bald portions of the scalp. Results can be seen after several months. This procedure is expensive and is not always covered by insurance providers, but can be worth every penny for those suffering from this discouraging condition.

If you are searching for more natural solutions to your thyroid symptoms, maybe it’s time to learn which sub-type of hypothyroidism may be causing you the most problems.  Without addressing the underlying cause of your thyroid symptoms, you can continue to suffer with hair loss and other symptoms.  Don’t continue to suffer, click the link to gain access to Dr. Mays’ report to determine which subtype you should be addressing.

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