Hair Loss – Have You Had Your Thyroid Checked?

Hair Loss – Have You Had Your Thyroid Checked?

There are many causes of hair loss, and one of which is possible issues with the thyroid. The following could be some of the many symptoms of thyroid disorder:

  • Struggling or noticing an increase in weight.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms and constipation. This may lead to the lack of absorption of vitamins and nutrients that can lead to deficiencies causing hair loss.
  • Heavy and more frequent and painful periods increase iron deficiency which adds to hair loss.
  • Dry skin and or scaly patches affecting your body, hands or scalp.
  • Hair becomes thinner, may start to fall out, and becomes drier and coarse. Thinning eyebrows may also occur.

There are two types of hair loss when dealing with thyroid disorders:

  • Telogen effluvium – Acute hair loss but short-lived and under control as thyroid function improves.
  • Pattern baldness – The thyroid disorder causes the baldness but even after the thyroid issue is under control, the hair loss still continues. It is advisable to get it diagnosed and treated early.

If you suspect you have a thyroid disorder seek professional help. Blood tests done should to include Free T3, T4, Free T4, TSH and Thyroid antibodies that can confirm a diagnosis.

 

References

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18728176

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