One of the most difficult illnesses to treat, thyroid-related maladies have an almost overwhelming amount of symptoms that manifest themselves in numerous ways. One common symptom is found in the form of hair loss due to thyroid insufficiency or an overactive thyroid. Our article below covers why the hair loss, how to treat thyroid hair loss and alternative life-style changes enabling an improvement of the condition.
Hair Loss Is Not Always Thyroid-Related
Life happens and so does hair loss for many individuals: advancing age, genetic factors, an overload of stress factors, post-menstrual, post-menopause or post-natal chemical conditions are also known culprits. In fact, normal hair loss often happens to people during several times of the year.
However, in the world of thyroid-related illnesses such as hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, hormonal abnormalities do occur.
How To Treat/Recover From Hair Loss Due To Thyroid Illnesses
If an individual considers hair loss as being excessive, then they should definitely go visit a general practitioner or possibly a dermatologist. The appropriate tests will be administered, and a proper course of action will be decided.
There are many other root causes of hair loss as well. That said, the more intensive and severe the malady, the greater chance of significant loss of hair.
Other forms of thyroid-related hair loss can be caused by auto-immune diseases such as Sjögren’s disease, the Hashimoto grade of thyroid disease and Lupus. Polycystic ovarian syndrome sometimes manifests as severe hair loss. Likewise, irregular menstrual cycles, obesity and even serious acne also can trigger bouts with hair loss. Some leading sources believe that radiation and iodine insufficiency are other possible hair loss causes; however, others dispute this.
Although they may lessen or stop the hair loss, medications such as carbimazole and propylthiouracil can be two-edged swords. When medications fail to stop the hair loss, an alternative method of treating the thyroid is indicated.
The recovery factor in successful thyroid treatment is not across the board in most of the cases involved. While scalp skin and eyebrow hair losses are generally temporary, it may take up to several weeks or more for hair to begin its growth pattern again.
The good news is that while there are many ways to medically treat thyroid irregularities and resulting hair loss, there are other options as well to help speed the thyroid gland to its full or near full recovery.
Alternative Paths To Thyroid Health
Many times the most misdiagnosed twin factors involved in thyroid health is failing to properly take adrenal insufficiency into account. Overstressed adrenal glands can lead to a depletion of critical hormones needed by both the adrenals and thyroid glands. When one gland is not performing efficiently, the other one suffers and affects the rest of the body as well.
Today, a growing segment of the medical community advocates getting the adrenals back in order by rest, proper nutrition, extra virgin coconut oil, large doses of vitamins/minerals, a lessening of emotional/physical stress and a positive, inspirational outlook on life.
This can be done gradually through Bible reading/prayer, engaging in daily practices of meditation, discarding toxic relationships, Tai and no overly strenuous exercises. A change in one’s overall environment is also highly recommended in some instances.
As time progresses and these life-style modifications take place, the adrenals can virtually heal themselves as they gradually kick in, and the thyroid eventually follows. That being said, a gradual restoration of hair loss can then be expected at that time.
Thyroid health during an illness apart from medication is not an easy matter; however, it is possible through alternative means above discussed. Restoration of hair may be complete or partial, but as the thyroid and/or adrenals heal, so will the rest of the body.