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‘Could My Hair Loss Be Caused by a Thyroid Problem at 17?’

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thyroid-disorder-and-hair-loss-adviceName: Pravin

Question: Hi! I am pravin, I am only 17 but l lost my hair continuously. The doctor recommended me for thyroid test. Is it possible that I am losing my hair because of thyroid problem at the age of only 17.

Answer: Hi, Pravin. Hair loss is a common side effect of thyroid issues so this is definitely a possibility.

As your doctor has recommended you go for a test, we suggest you follow this advice as there is often an underlying cause to hair loss. Given your age, whilst not impossible, it is unlikely that your shedding would be caused by genetics. Also, as you mention you have been losing hair ‘continuously’, it sounds more likely to be something called Chronic Telogen Effluvium.

This is where you experience thinning hair all over your scalp – rather that confined to just the top of the head and the hairline, as is the case with female pattern hair loss. It is a temporary condition, generally sparked by an underlying cause – such as an undiagnosed illness, including thyroid conditions such as hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism – and can last for around 12 months from when the shedding first becomes noticeable.

Once your health issues have been dealt with and the underlying issue has been dealt with, the hair should grow back naturally in time. If you are given prescription medication to help control your condition, there may be more shedding when you first start taking it. This is normal and generally only persists while the body gets used to the drugs. After this, the hair should grow back naturally in time, although treatment for chronic telogen effluvium is also available for men and women aged 16+ to help speed this process up.

We recommend you have the tests your doctor has suggested and once your health is back on track, a hair loss specialist can assess you and recommend appropriate treatment, if necessary. You are very welcome to have a parent or friend accompany you should you wish to have a consultation.

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6th November, 2016 at 3:08 am

pravin sharma

Thank you so much..... I want to clear you one thing.I lost my hair continuously that don't mean i have space in my head because hairs are also regrown,but slowly. so my hair is too much thinner........ After have my thyroid test the report is positive i.e. there is not any problem in thyroid and the doctor recommended me for Hair 4U spray,flucort skin lotion and kairfoll shampoo.Thus this medicine are effective for me ? Can you give me some other helpful suggestion?

6th November, 2016 at 8:48 pm


Hello! My name is Riya I'm 13 years old I have bald spots on my left side of my head Also on my right like Emma said I'm really nervous I have no hair cancer or anything bad in my scalp I need help to make sure those bald spots I have are not there I need my hair to grow back I need your help please tell me what I can do to make those bald spots gone I need your help! I have olive oil would that help grow my hair back on the bald spots I have thank you I need your help!

7th November, 2016 at 12:11 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Riya, we would give you the same advice as Emma. As you are 13 it is best for you to speak with your GP. Olive oil will not help your hair to grow. If the bald patches - as is most commonly the case - are caused by alopecia areata, then the hair should hopefully grow back within 12 months. We do recommend you speak to your doctor about getting a proper diagnosis though, due to your age. We wish you all the best for a speedy recovery.

7th November, 2016 at 6:20 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Pravin, if you have been cleared of having a thyroid condition then we recommend you have a consultation with a hair loss specialist so that they can diagnose your hair loss condition and recommend the appropriate treatments tailored to your specific situation.

7th November, 2016 at 9:40 pm


Hello Sarah it's not like a circle that DOSENT have hair it's a line straight and it's been a while since my hair didn't grow any more answers I have caster oil USP will that help and I don't have alopecia aretea I'm healthy and I don't have that how should i use the caster oil inhave castor oil USP will that help thanks agian !

7th November, 2016 at 9:43 pm


And also Sarah my hair grows I don't have any patches it's just a line straight across my head and left and right how would I use castor oil USP would it work I'm really worried help me pls with a answer

7th November, 2016 at 11:26 pm


Sarah this is also in my family my cousin has a straight line across her head to and her hair DOSENT grow there either I need your answers soon as possible and agian I DONT HAVE ALOPECIA ARTEA.

7th November, 2016 at 11:28 pm


Oh and Sarah I'm Canadian so there's no such thing as GP here

8th November, 2016 at 10:38 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Riya, a GP is your doctor. We highly recommend you speak to your doctor for a consultation as we cannot give you one based on the information provided here. Alopecia Areata can in rare cases appear in a straight line - this is known as linear alopecia and is a form of alopecia areata. If you have a hair loss condition castor oil will not help. That simply improves the condition - softness, etc - of your existing hair, it will not stop hair loss or regrow hair. As before, given you are 13 we cannot treat you so speaking to your doctor or dermatologist is the best option.

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