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A short to-do list if you’re loosing hair

If you loose hair, check this list:

Hair loss and thyroid disease

One of the causes of hair loss can be certain thyroid disorders such as hypo / hyperthyroidism. When your body is in “crisis” hair cells do not receive the necessary energy because it is diverted elsewhere.Medical problems that may include hair loss can be hormonal changes, diet low in nutrients, medication for certain diseases, surgery, and usually thyroid disease. The most troublesome issues in thyroid diseases affecting hair are dryness, thinning, falling into fairly large amount and hair which tangle quite easily. Some things you can do to stop the hair loss:

1. Make an assessment:

Before blaming the thyroid hair loss, consult a specialist that will clarify which is the real problem and how it can be solved.

2. Have patience:

If you’ve just started treatment for hypo / hyperthyroidism is likely to slow the process of hair loss or even stop once hormone levels are stabilized. This happens but in a few months and therefore need to have a little patience …

3. Understand the types of hair loss:

There are three common types of hair loss: common hair loss, meaning that you will notice more hair fell when you shower or when you brush, but usually do not have a pathological cause.
Second type of hair loss is associated with fungal infections or autoimmune alopecia, and involves circular portions of hair loss and, in some cases, complete loss of hair in these parts. This problem should be evaluated by a dermatologist and is not associated with thyroid problems.
The third type of hair loss is Pattern Alopecia (common baldness), typically affecting men, but women can be affected also … Hair loss is concentrated at the temples and top of the head (for more data see Male Pattern Alopecia and Women Pattern Alopecia). This type of hair loss is caused when an enzyme starts to convert testosterone into a useless version – dihydrotestosterone. This conversion of testosterone appears to be accelerated in those who are treated for hypo / hyperthyroidism and hair loss may continue despite treatment.

4. Be careful not to be a problem with the thyroid medication:

If you have hypothyroidism and take levothyroxine (Syntroid) and yet you still have hair loss problems, then you have to take measures … Prolonged or excessive hair loss can be a side effect of medication. The best thing would be to consult your doctor about this problem, if occurs.

5. Be careful not to follow the treatment inappropriately:

Hair loss can occur when you follow a treatment inappropriately, ie not suitable for the medical condition that you have. So beware of this aspect of the problem if you feel the hair loss does not improve.

6. Keep in mind a natural treatment:

Evening primrose oil is a dietary supplement known as an excellent source of amino acids and it helps if you have hypothyroidism. Evening primrose oil stops the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, so this supplement can only bring you benefits.

7. Explore the alternatives:

This might involve some blood tests. A recent study showed that approximately 90% of women with thin hair have iron deficiency and of an amino acid called lysine. Lysine is a “difficult” amino acid not supplied in sufficient quantities from your diet. It helps in iron transportation, iron being is an important element in the body and essential in various metabolic processes. When lysine and iron levels are low, the body probably cuts off of the levels in hair follicles to grow it elsewhere. Meat, fish and eggs are the only sources of lysine.
Other natural ways to manage hair loss:

  • Arginine
  • Cysteine
  •   Green Tea
  • Polysorbate 80
  • Progesterone
  • Vitamin B6
  • Zinc

8. Consult a dermatologist to prescribe you a treatment:

You can also consult a dermatologist, who can prescribe you a treatment and scalp injections, drugs like Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia or other treatments that can help in stopping hair loss not related to the thyroid.  If Pattern Alopecia is involved, then medical and early medical treatment is the only way to stop loosing hair and start regrowth – so do it in early stages of hair loss (see Early treatment of alopecia)!

9. Talk with other people who have this problem:

Hair loss can be one of the most frustrating and worrisome thyroid symptoms, so you can be helpful to share your fears with people who have the same problem.

As we age, hair loss is one of the problems we face. Therefore it is better to prevent than to treat. Pay attention to the foods you eat, have a nutritious diet, and check your health regularly.

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