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Recognizing Thyroid Hair Loss

  • Published: 2012-03-15 (Revised/Updated 2016-11-07) : Author: Ian Irving
  • Synopsis: Change in function of the thyroid gland will affect the chemical balance in the body which can result in changes in quality of your hair.
Thyroid Gland

Thyroid Gland - Located on the front part of the neck below the thyroid cartilage (Adam's apple). The gland produces thyroid hormones, which regulate body metabolism. Thyroid hormones are important in regulating body energy, the body's use of other hormones and vitamins, and the growth and maturation of body tissues.

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"Susceptibility to certain conditions, such as thyroid problems, sometimes run in families."

Hair loss. It's so prevalent that not even wealthy, once-godlike celebrities (heck, not even pampered princes and kings) can escape it.

But do you know that while hair loss causes the same unsightly bald patches on people's once-full head of hair, there are many kinds of hair loss that are caused by different conditions. Your hair loss can, in fact, be caused not by the wrong choice of shampoo or stress, but by a thyroid problem. Here's the thing, though, hair loss caused by thyroid malfunction can be treated.

If you are suffering from hair loss, check out the list below to see if you are suffering from thyroid hair loss. What you find out may open up doors for treatments that you may never have considered before.

1. Your eyebrows are thinning out.

This is the easiest and one of the most accurate ways of telling if your hair loss is a function of a thyroid problem. Thinning eyebrows can unique to thyroid hair loss patients, meaning it is not typically associated to that other common condition regarding hair loss - male pattern baldness. If you notice that the ends of your thyroid is thinning, then there is a very good chance that you are suffering from thyroid hair loss.

Location of the Human Thyroid Gland
About This Image: Location of the Human Thyroid Gland
2. You have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or Tendinitis.

Those conditions you thought were just caused by your prolonged, nonstop use of various keyboards, keypads, and mouse can also be an indication that your thyroid is not functioning as it should. Check also if you often feel muscle or joint aches and pains, or is you feel your arm strength ebbing. If those symptoms appear alongside balding, then it is very likely that you are suffering from thyroid hair loss.

3. You neck is swelling.

If your thyroid is swelling, it is only too possible that your neck is also getting bigger, because your thyroid is located in your neck. This is very easy one to detect visually: if your neck is swelling even as you rapidly lose more hair, then your thyroid is the possible suspect.

4. You are suffering from depression or anxiety.

No, we're not talking about you being extremely sad or worried over your hair loss problems. Think back on the past few months. Have you had prolonged bouts of anxiety? How about extreme sadness? If yes to anxiety, then this could be a symptom of hyperthyroidism, a condition in which your thyroid overproduces a certain hormone. If yes to depression, then you could be suffering from hypothyroidism, a condition in which your thyroid fails to produce a hormone. Suffering from one of those two conditions while also losing hair can mean that you have thyroid hair loss.

5. You feel tired all the time.

If you are getting a solid eight hours of sleep, and yet you still feel fatigued, then there might be something wrong with your thyroid. Another indication is if you've also experienced insomnia. You might be suffering from a thyroid problem if your hair is falling off like crazy plus you are also fatigued all the time.

6. There had been some crazy changes in your weight lately.

Again, this does not pertain to you gaining weight from too much emotional eating caused by your hair loss. This only means that you suddenly lose or gain weight without any significant changes in your diet or exercise habits. A sudden fluctuation in weight coupled with hair loss can be a sign of thyroid malfunction.

7. Your close kin have a medical history of thyroid problems.

Susceptibility to certain conditions, such as thyroid problems, sometimes run in families. Check your family tree. If there had been a few who are suffering from anything which sounds like thyroid problems, then there is a big chance that you have inherited this particular health problem. Of course, you have to take this indication with a grain of salt, because thyroid problems have been largely underreported and under-diagnosed so you must be careful about grasping in the dark here. It is best to check with a family doctor, if any.

8. Your hair quality is changing.

Another easily observable physical change is that of hair quality. Any change in the normal function of the thyroid will affect the chemical balance in the body, which can result in changes in quality of your hair. If your thyroid has any problem, then your hair might turn brittle and dry, and it can break easily.

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