Thyroid Symptoms Losing Hair

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    So I have no health insurance and think I may have hypothyroid?
    I need to deal with some of my symptoms like losing hair being extremely tired, and problems with my mensrtual cycle. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to see a doctor for blood tests for a proper diagnosis. If you have hypothyroidism, then you need treatment. The only treatment is prescription replacement thyroid hormones. Fortunately, it's a cheap prescription. It's on the Wal-Mart generic list, and on the copy cat lists.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can you lose hair on your legs from a thyroid problem?
    I have many symptoms of a thyroid problem.
    I am a 51 year old male.

    Fatigue which I've had for many years.
    Always been colder than others but was tolerable.
    Strange ridges on my finger nails that started a few years ago.
    Thinning eyebrows.
    I started losing leg hair 5 years ago.
    Thought it was alopecia since I've had Vitiligo since 15 years old.
    I now have almost no hair on my entire legs, upper or lower.
    The hairs will break off then get a red pimple around the follicle then the hair dies.
    The bare parts are completely smooth not even any peach fuzz.
    About a year ago my legs started getting very cold.
    The rest of my body does too but the legs are the worst.
    Also started getting tingling and numbness in arms and legs, mostly legs and finger tips.
    Aches and pains all over body.
    I can feel that my thyroid is larger than it used to be.
    I have no health insurance and looking into a local low cost clinic.
    My main question is, Has anyone heard of just losing hair from just ones legs from a Thyroid problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes and all the rest of the symptoms that you named.

      You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH norm should be .3 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2, like maybe ONE) but, for diagnosis, may not mean much if ANTIBODIES are present which is indicative of Hashimoto s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (cycles between HYPER & HYPO at start) it is the main cause of eventual HypOthyroidism but worse (...OR Graves Disease HypERthyroid from beginning).

      You will have to INSIST they test for the antibodies. [anti-TPO and TgAb] They can code so that ins will pay.

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      ALWAYS GET COPIES OF YOUR LABS.

      Ck these:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

      God bless you

  3. QUESTION:
    What medical symptoms causes lost of hair, immune weakness, and lost of eyesight and also tiredness?
    Losing lots of hair daily.
    Sleep early and always tired, light headed, eyesight can't see far, gets blurry then lightheaded. Get tired and weak very easily.

    • ANSWER:
      All these are the symptoms. They are caused by some disease, that needs to be found out by a thorough clinical examination and investigations. CBC, Fasting Sugar, Thyroid Function Tests are particularly indicated.
      Good luck!

  4. QUESTION:
    Why am I still losing hair after being on Synthroid?
    I've been on Synthroid for well over a year now and I've slowly been noticing more and more hair loss over time...but in the last few months it has gotten worse along with the other symptoms of hypothyroidism. I'm really getting worried because I've been losing A LOT of hair and noticing that it's a lot thinner than it was this time last year. I know I need to see my doctor again but I would love to know a way to stop losing so much hair that would work immediately. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      There is no way to immediately stop your hair loss. You need to see your doctor as soon as possible, especially since your other symptoms of thyroid disease are getting worse. I know how it feels to lose a lot of hair because of a disease, but you have to treat the condition that's causing the hair loss.

  5. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have female pattern hair loss with new growth?
    I've started losing my hair (breakage) due to a bad perm. On the sides of my head and in top. At first I thought it was female pattern hair loss, but then I have lots of new growth. Can you have female pattern hair loss and new growth at the same time? Oh and by the way, I'm also thinking of trying aphogee hair products. If anyone has heard of it, let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      A hair grows from its follicle at an average rate of about 1/2 inch per month. Each hair grows for 2 to 6 years, then rests, and then falls out. A new hair soon begins growing in its place. At any time, about 85% of the hair is growing and 15% is resting.

      Baldness occurs when hair falls out but new hair does not grow in its place. The cause of the failure to grow new hair in female pattern baldness is not well understood, but it is associated with genetic predisposition, aging, and levels of endocrine hormones (particularly androgens, the male sex hormones).

      Changes in the levels of androgens can affect hair production. For example, after the hormonal changes of menopause, many women find that the hair on the head is thinned, while facial hair is coarser. Although new hair is not produced, follicles remain alive, suggesting the possibility of new hair growth.

      Female pattern baldness is usually different from that of male pattern baldness. The hair thins all over the head, but the frontal hairline is maintained. There may be a moderate loss of hair on the crown, but this rarely progresses to total or near baldness as it may in men.

      Hair loss can occur in women for reasons other than female pattern baldness, including the following:

      Temporary shedding of hair (telogen effluvium)
      Breaking of hair (from such things as styling treatments and twisting or pulling of hair)
      Patchy areas of total hair loss (alopecia areata -- an immune disorder causing temporary hair loss)
      Medications
      Certain skin diseases
      Hormonal abnormalities
      Iron deficiency
      Underactive thyroid
      Vitamin deficiency
      Symptoms Return to top

      Thinning of hair over the entire head
      Hair loss at the crown or hairline, mild to moderate
      Exams and Tests Return to top

      Female pattern baldness is usually diagnosed based on the appearance and pattern of hair loss and by ruling out other causes of hair loss.

      A skin biopsy or other procedures may be used to diagnose medical disorders that cause loss of hair.

      Analysis of the hair itself is not accurate for diagnosing nutritional or similar causes of hair loss, although it may reveal substances such as arsenic or lead.

      Treatment Return to top

      The hair loss of female pattern baldness is permanent. In most cases, it is mild to moderate. No treatment is required if the person is comfortable with her appearance.

      The only drug or medication approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat female pattern baldness is minoxidil, used on the scalp. For women, the 2% concentration is recommended. Minoxidil may help hair to grow in 20% to 25% of the female population, and in the majority it may slow or stop the loss of hair. Treatment is expensive, however, and hair loss starts again when minoxidil use is stopped.

      Hair transplants consist of removal of tiny plugs of hair from areas where the hair is continuing to grow and placing them in areas that are balding. This can cause minor scarring in the donor areas and carries a modest risk for skin infection. The procedure usually requires multiple transplantation sessions and may be expensive. Results, however, are often excellent and permanent.

      The use of hair implants made of artificial fibers was banned by the FDA because of the high rate of infection.

      Stitching (suturing) hair pieces to the scalp is not recommended. It can result in scars, infections, and abscess of the scalp.

      Hair weaving, hairpieces, or change of hairstyle may disguise hair loss and improve cosmetic appearance. This is often the least expensive and safest method of dealing with female pattern baldness.

      Outlook (Prognosis) Return to top

      Female pattern baldness is of cosmetic importance only and does not indicate a medical disorder, but it may affect self-esteem or cause anxiety. The hair loss is usually permanent.

      Possible Complications Return to top

      Complications are psychological stress and a loss of self-esteem due to change in appearance.

      When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top

      Call your health care provider if hair loss occurs and persists, especially if there is itching, skin irritation, or other symptoms. There might be a treatable medical cause for the loss of hair.

      Prevention Return to top

      There is no known prevention for female pattern baldness.

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