Is My Thyroid Condition to Blame for My Hair Loss?
Is your thyroid condition the reason you’re shedding hair? Discover the truth about questions that pique your curiosity in our Short Answer series. Mary Vouyiouklis-Kellis, MD, fields this one.
A: Yes, it could. A lot of people with thyroid dysfunction shed hair.
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The hair loss is typically reversed after your thyroid hormone levels are normalized. But this may take some time.
It’s important to point out that hair loss may not just be caused by your thyroid, however.
Having one autoimmune disorder also increases your risk for having others, some of which produce hair loss:
And for women, menopause creates a low estrogen state that can thin the hair follicles, giving the appearance of overall hair loss.
If you’re shedding hair, I would definitely tell your physician, who can determine the reason(s). Doctors can sometimes prescribe treatments to minimize or reverse hair loss.
— Endocrinologist Mary Vouyiouklis-Kellis, MD