The causes of hair loss can be attributed to various factors. But, one of the most prominent ones you will hear your doctor say is that it’s because of a hormonal defect or it is because of your ‘thyroid’. In fact, you might hear a lot of your health issues being accredited to ‘thyroid’. Anyway, hair loss is not acceptable. It is too stressful and if something is causing it, you should be aware of that ‘arch enemy’ of yours.
So, what is this thyroid and how is it related to hair loss?
What is thyroid
Thyroid is a small gland located in the neck which secretes hormones. Imbalanced in the gland or the secretion of the hormone can cause a lot of health issues which manifest differently in different people. So, when your doctor says you have ‘thyroid’, he or she actually means that you have an imbalance in the hormones secreted from thyroid. Sometimes, this imbalance can lead to hair loss. Thyroid hair loss might come with other forms of thyroid issues as well.
When do you get a thyroid hair loss?
There are three instances when you can get thyroid hair loss – hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and temporary imbalance. Hypothyroidism is when the activity of your thyroid gland is too low and hyperthyroidism is when the activity of your thyroid gland is too much. You can also get thyroid hair loss due to temporary imbalances like after pregnancy or during breast feeding etc.
Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are mostly autoimmune issues (conditions where your own body cells start attacking other body cells) with a genetic factor influencing them.
How to know if you have a thyroid hair loss problem?
Well, it’s not possible to know if it’s a thyroid issue that is causing hair loss without proper testing. But if you have other symptoms which direct towards thyroid problems, you might want to get checked by an expert. But if it is something else triggering the imbalance in the functioning of thyroid, if becomes even more difficult for you to make a guess. This is because, the life cycle of human hair is around 7 months. So, if thyroid is causing hair loss, the effect can only be seen after a couple of months. By that time, the triggering factor, let’s say, post-pregnancy phase, exists no longer.
What does thyroid hair loss look like?
No hair loss looks good. But let’s face it, losing hair abruptly in one place is worse that getting a thinner hair what is fairly spread on all over your scalp. Well, when you have thyroid hair loss, you lose hair evenly from all parts of your head. But again, fair hair thinning does not necessarily mean that you have thyroid hair loss.
Treatment for thyroid hair loss
Once diagnosed, treating thyroid hair loss is comparatively easier than most other kinds of hair loss. Your doctor will give you supplements to regulate the functioning of the thyroid gland to make sure that the correct amount of hormone is secreted. But it might take some time to figure out the optimal dose for you. Once the thyroid starts to act normally, hair loss will subside automatically. However, it might take some time for you to notice the changes. Abide by any dietary changes which your doctor might suggest for better results.
Thyroid hair loss is not something that cannot be undone. The earlier you approach your doctor, the earlier you will see the results. So, if you see your hair thinning gradually, visit a doctor, today.
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