Thyroid Hair Loss


Hyperthyroidism is a very common disease, and among many others, thyroid hair loss is a consequence of the disease. The disease is caused by the improper functioning of the thyroid gland, which in turn causes an imbalance of the thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone is an essential part of the immune system and its deficiency could cause fatal diseases like cancer in the future. Even though the likeliness of this disease transposing into cancer is low, the effects that it causes to the body, including loss of hair are displeasing.

Thyroid hair loss, unlike regular hair loss affects the whole scalp. Certain areas are affected when natural hair loss occurs; however from thyroid, excessive loss of hair from throughout the scalp arise. The cause for this can be identified as ‘Telogen Effluvium’. This scientific terminology simply means the stress that is caused by any disease. Stress is a determinant of hair fall; however, this is a proper medical condition which can trigger hair fall. Thyroid hair loss becomes evident only once the severity of the disease escalates. However, particularly in Pakistan, many patients reach a stage where this condition prevails.

Thyroid hair loss

Stress is just one cause of the hair loss. In addition, some drugs that the doctors suggest to cure hyperthyroidism may provoke hair fall. Though this is a rare phenomenon, some drugs such as Carbimazole can trigger loss of hair. Since thyroid imbalance could cause immune deficiency, therefore hair loss could also be connected to this condition. Deficient immunity could prompt Alopecia, which is the disease that leads to hair fall. However due to alopecia, only certain spots or patches of hair are affected and spirals of baldness can be traced on one’s head. Apart from hair loss on one’s head, hair from other parts of the body could be affected. Shedding of eyebrow hair, coupled with facial hair could be linked to thyroid hair loss as well.

Thyroid Gland

The recovery from thyroid hair loss is a complex matter. Whereas many people tend to regrow their hair within a several months of recovering from thyroid diseases, some people need high dosage of medications to assist in the re-growth of their hair. There are a small percentage of thyroid recovery cases that may never be able to re-grow their hair back. Some people use modern hair restoration techniques to resolve this issue. Either surgical techniques like transplants could be used, or non-surgical techniques such as plasma injection or laser techniques could be used to get out of this situation. However, experts are of the view that since thyroid causes the hair cells to weaken, natural remedies should be taken in order to assist re-generation of hair. Iron rich sources and foods should be made a part of the recovered patient’s diet. Iodine is another nutrient vital to the recovery of thyroid hair loss and thus should be regularly taken. Foods with high amounts of fats should be avoided as they cause inflammation, which is another cause of hair loss.

Thyroid hair loss can be recovered through various techniques; however, it is essential that you get over the hyperthyroidism in order to move on towards the re-generation of hair. It is recommended that the recovery visits a dermatologist or a hair specialist to get further assistance in this matter. If you are suffering from any problem related to hair call or WhatsApp  us +92-333-430-9999 to get an expert and professional advice.