Your hair is a reflection of your overall health, and when the body is experiencing problems, the growth of hair can often slow down or stop altogether, allowing energy to be redirected to where it is needed most. Hair loss from a condition called Telogen Effluvium can be a common side effect of thyroid disorders but could also be indicative of other conditions.
What is thyroid disorder?
There are two main types of thyroid disorder:
1) Hypothyroidism (where the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough Thyroxine, the thyroid hormone responsible for regulating metabolism) is also known as underactive thyroid and symptoms can include dull lifeless hair, hair loss, tiredness, constipation and weight gain. The condition is normally treated by taking daily medication to boost your thyroid hormone levels.
2) Hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid, is where your thyroid is producing too much Thyroxine. Because this hormone is responsible for keeping your metabolism functioning correctly, those suffering from hyperthyroidism may notice unusual weight loss and tiredness as well as thinning hair and patchy hair loss.
Protect your hair
Eating a healthy, varied diet and looking after your hair is vital when you notice signs of hair loss – avoiding harsh dyes and perm solutions and using a wide toothed comb to detangle hair can help to minimise shedding. It is also a good idea to avoid hair supplements which contain kelp or iodine, as these could interfere with thyroid medication and prevent the absorption of levothyroxine, the main ingredient in medication for thyroid disorders.
Getting diagnosed and treating hair loss
Hair loss could be due to any number of factors, from extreme stress to iron deficiency; even post-pregnancy hair loss. However, if you are experiencing other symptoms of a thyroid disorder besides hair loss, ask your GP for a blood test and then consult a hair loss expert to discuss your options for growing back your hair.
For most men and women with a thyroid disorder, hair loss is a temporary side effect, and normal growth usually resumes once treatment of the condition has commenced, although it may take 3 to 4 months of treatment before hair starts to grow back. It’s also important to note that when your hair grows back the texture and colour could be different from your previous hair; this happens quite frequently and is nothing to worry about.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our online diagnostic form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our hair loss success stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 0800 077 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.