Thyroid disease is an illness that affects a generous amount of the population. The disorder causes the levels of the hormone in a person to rise or drop to harmful levels. When the hormones in your body are out of balance due to thyroid disease, everything can feel strange. Not only does your mood, weight and thought process change, you can also get hit with a wide range of other symptoms. Many side effects results from extreme hormone changes, and hair loss is one of them. Thankfully, The Hair Loss Recovery Program has suggestions that will help you stop or slow hair loss that is caused by thyroid disease.
Why Hormones Cause Hair Loss
Hair growth and loss follow a natural cycle. Your follicles have both a resting phase and a growth phase. The majority of your hair stays in the growth phase with a small portion resting, but hormone changes throw this cycle into disarray.
Several medical conditions can cause hair loss, but thyroid disease tends to be the common denominator in all of them. An underactive gland or an overactive gland both causes hair loss problems equally. Your hair cycle depends on the hormones that your thyroid controls to know which phase to trigger. Drastic fluctuations can cause those cycles to change as well as effect other systems in your body.
Too many hormones can cause the hair on your body to thin and become fine in texture, while too little hormones will result in hair loss all over the body, not only your scalp. There are some medications for thyroid disease such as levothyroxine that can help with hair loss, though those results are only temporary.
Common Signs of Thyroid Disease
There are several types of thyroid disease and each one may have various symptoms. Some of those are subtle, while others are more noticeable. In addition to changes in your hair, here are some other symptoms to be aware of:
- Mood swings
- Increased nervousness
- Temperature intolerance
- Sleeping trouble (too much or too little sleep)
- Changes in weight
- Muscle weakness
- Changes in menstruation
- Hair and skin dryness
- Changes in mental clarity
A simple blood test will reveal if you have thyroid issues. Therefore, if you notice any of the above symptoms you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Treating Hair Loss & Thyroid Disease
Once you have been diagnosed, treating thyroid disease and the hair loss that results from it is simple. Medication will be prescribed to help regulate your hormone levels which will cause hair loss to resolve naturally.
Getting the right hormone dosage takes some trial and error since everyone has different needs. There are several options to manage your appearance while your treatment is in progress. A creative haircut, fancy hairstyle, or even a wig can help restore your confidence while your hair is growing back. Your doctor can also prescribe a hair growth supplement such as Rogaine to increase your results.
How We Can Help
Thyroid disease and hair loss can be difficult to bear, but with the proper treatment, it is manageable. We are standing by at (416) 439-4247 if you need more information regarding thyroid disease, hair loss, and hair restoration options. Get in touch with The Hair Loss Recovery Program today for a more beautiful you!