It is well-known fact that thyroid malfunction causes exhaustion, brain fog, weight gain and a lower body temperature; but it can also leads to hair loss. One of the most common and worrying signs of an underactive thyroid is hair loss in men and women.
The butterfly-shaped gland placed in the front of the neck that generates metabolism-regulating hormones is called thyroid gland. It can slow down or speed up your metabolism depending on whether a thyroid is underactive or overactive. Hair loss is another indication that thyroid hormones are imbalanced. Thinning of hair is caused by too much thyroid hormone. On the other hand too little thyroid hormone causes hair loss on the scalp as well as on the body.
The link between thyroid function and hair loss
The thyroid hormones fuel day to day task of the hair follicles which means a fall in thyroid hormone levels can cause major hair loss all over the scalp. The thyroid hormones play an imperative role in regulating the normal growth and shedding cycles of hair. Most crucially the thyroid hormones trigger the growth of new hair. A return to normal thyroid hormone levels can help revitalise the hair follicles when there has been a drop in thyroid activity,. This can help hair fall control over time.
Stress causes hair loss by thyroid
Stress is not good for overall health and when it comes to thyroid health, it slows thyroid function. Severe emotional stress, childbirth, surgery, or chronic infections are just some of the stresses that can have a negative impact on your thyroid.
A drop in circulating thyroid hormone levels can head out a range of hypothyroid symptoms. It can be general to experience unexpected or larger thyroid hair loss soon after experiencing high amounts of stress.
Female pattern baldness v/s thyroid hair loss
- Hair loss linked with low thyroid hormone activity is dissimilar to female pattern baldness.
- Female pattern hair loss usually starts on the crown of the head, or there is visible thinning on the top of the scalp.
- Androgen causes this type of baldness.
- When women have excessive levels of androgens it can arouse male type baldness. This is the type of baldness normally seen in men.
Is this hair loss permanent?
When thyroid disorder is treated hair grows back. One of the more common underactive thyroid treatments, the hormone levothyroxine, causes hair loss. Usually, this side effect eases after a month or two, and the hair loss itself is reversed when hormone levels become stable.
Alopecia can be a scary event for men and women equally, and it is often misunderstood. At the first sign of hair loss, talk to your doctor so that you can start restoring yourself to health.