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Hair Loss And Thyroid

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Thyroid problems and hair loss

Hormonally induced hair loss takes place when an enzyme starts to convert the hormone testosterone on the scalp to dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. It is believed that DHT attacks the hair follicle, and shrinks it. Hair becomes thinner and finer, and may stop growing entirely. This conversion of testosterone to DHT seems to be sped up in some patients with thyroid  problems such as hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.

Thyroid symptoms and hair loss

Rapid hair loss is one of the symptoms associated with thyroid problem - the thinning hair, large amounts of hair falling out in the shower or sink, often accompanied by changes in the hair's texture, making it dry, coarse, or easily tangled.
 
While thyroid disease frequently causes general hair loss from the hair on the head, a unique and characteristic symptom of hypothyroidism is a loss of the hair on the outer edge of the eyebrows. General loss of body hair from areas other than the head may also be seen in thyroid disease.

Make Sure It's Not Your Thyroid Drug

If you are taking levothyroxine (i.e. Synthroid, Levoxyl, Unithroid, Levothroid) as your thyroid hormone replacement, and still losing hair, you may need to take action. Prolonged or excessive hair loss is a side effect of these drugs for some people.  Note: Many doctors are not aware of the above side effects, even though it is a stated side effect in the Synthroid patient literature, for example. Hair loss can also result from being under treated, or not taking the right drugs for you.

About Alternative Treatment

The book, Living Well With Hypothyroidism," recommends “... evening primrose oil (also known as EPO) is a nutritional supplement that is frequently mentioned.  In his book, "Solved: The Riddle of Illness," Stephen Langer, M.D. points to the fact that symptoms of essential fatty acid insufficiency are very similar to hypothyroidism, and recommends evening primrose oil - an excellent source of essential fatty acids. The usefulness of evening primrose oil, particularly in dealing with the issues of excess hair loss with hypothyroidism, was also reinforced by endocrinologist Kenneth Blanchard. According to Dr. Blanchard: "For hair loss, I routinely recommend multiple vitamins, and especially evening primrose oil. Evening primrose oil is an inhibitor of that conversion. So almost anybody with hair loss probably will benefit from evening primrose oil."

Medical doctor advice & what cause your hair loss

If you've been checked out by the dermatologist and determined to have thyroid-related hair loss, you may have to settle in and be a bit patient. It's likely that for most, the hair loss will slow down, and eventually stop, once hormone levels are stabilized and in the normal range.

If an excessive hair loss is noticed, it is important to seek a doctor's medical advice early to check on a possible cause for the individual hair loss. Correct diagnostic taking corrective adverse events on hair loss are especially critical at the onset of hair loss symptoms to prevent scarring and large balding areas from being a permanent damage.

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