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Hair Loss and Thyroid Disease


Created: December 13, 2003

Many people notice rapid hair loss as a symptom of their hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. When the body is in crisis, the hair cells can shut down to redirect energy elsewhere. The types of situations that can cause hair loss include hormonal changes, poor diet and nutritional deficiencies, a variety of medications, surgery, and many medical conditions, but noticeably, thyroid disease. Some key points for dealing with hair loss include:
  • Getting evaluated by a dermatologist
  • Making sure it's not your thyroid drug (it can be a side effect)
  • Making sure you aren't being undertreated
  • Consulting with a doctor to see if you have any nutritional deficiencies that can be correct with supplements
  • Considering alternative treatments
More detailed information on dealing with your hair loss is featured at Ten Things To Do About Hair Loss with Thyroid Disease.

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