Coping With Hair Loss with Hypothyroidism
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, about 30 diseases, including thyroid disease, cause hair loss. If it’s happening to you, it may seem like one of the most difficult symptoms of your hypothyroidism. But there are some things you can do to help cope. And by treating the disease, hair loss often can be stopped or reversed.
Hair loss is most common in people who have severe or prolonged hypothyroidism (as opposed to a mild or short-lived case of the disease). Too little thyroid hormone (which is what happens in hypothyroidism) can cause dry, brittle hair and disrupt the growth cycle. This usually causes thinning of the hair and affects the entire scalp, not just certain areas, as with typical balding patterns.
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