Hair loss and the thyroid: COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION
When it comes to hair loss, the thyroid is often one of the “usual suspects”. Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can manifest themselves as brittle hair structure and increased hair loss. This article will provide you with valuable insight into the connections between thyroid function and hair health and steps you can take.
Thyroid and hair: The connection
The thyroid, a small, butterfly-shaped organ in the neck, is instrumental in the production of thyroid hormones. These hormones have a variety of effects on our body, including:
- The expansion of the blood vessels
- The regulation of blood pressure
- The activation of connective tissue and fat metabolism
- The cell growth
Since the thyroid also affects the skin, and therefore hair and nails, an imbalance can lead to visible changes. The thyroid hormones triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) play a crucial role because they have a direct effect on the hair-forming cells.
Hair loss due to underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid produces fewer hormones than needed. The resulting slowdown in metabolism can cause numerous symptoms, including:
- Weight gain
- Tiredness and exhaustion
- Circulatory disorders
- Slowed reflexes
- Hair loss
Hair loss due to overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
In contrast to this is hyperthyroidism, in which hormonal overproduction occurs. The consequences can include thinning hair and diffuse hair loss.
What to do if you have thyroid dysfunction caused by hair loss?
A comprehensive diagnosis, consisting of a complete blood count and hormone status, can provide information. If the diagnosis is confirmed, drug treatment usually follows. It should be noted that some medications for hyperthyroidism can themselves cause hair loss.
Will my hair grow back?
Fortunately, hair loss caused by thyroid dysfunction is often reversible. With the right treatment, hair loss can be stopped and hair growth can be promoted. However, patience is required as hair only grows about 1 to 1.5 cm per month. In the case of diffuse hair loss, a specialized anti-hair loss medication can also have a supportive effect.
If you are suffering from hair loss and suspect thyroid dysfunction, it is important to have this checked by a doctor. A customized treatment can not only improve your overall health, but also strengthen your hair and stimulate new growth. KÖ-Hair is at your side with competent advice and specialized products to maintain and strengthen your hair