Underactive Thyroid Caused Hair Loss
An Underactive Thyroid caused one of our Clients to suffer from hair loss. An underactive thyroid often occurs when the immune system, which usually fights infection, attacks the thyroid gland, which in turn damages the thyroid. In simple terms an underactive thyroid is when your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough of the hormone thyroxine. (Thyroxine is the main hormone secreted into the bloodstream by the thyroid gland.)
Symptoms of an underactive thyroid usually develop slowly and you may not realise you have a medical problem for several years. Also the symptoms appear similar to other conditions, therefore this can be easily confused with other medical issues.
Your hair is a fairly accurate barometer of your health. Hair cells are some of the fastest growing in the body, and when your body is under stress or in crisis, hair cells can shut down in order to redirect energy to places where it is more needed.
The types of physical situations that can cause hair loss include hormonal changes, nutritional deficiencies, a variety of medications, surgery, and many medical conditions, in particular of course, thyroid disease. Common symptoms include tiredness, weight gain, constipation, depression, dry skin, hair loss, brittle nails, among many others…
Carole’s Case History
Carole came to me having had a thyroid operation that had not been very successful. Her thyroid had become underactive and she was prescribed Thyroxin. This resulted in her hair becoming very weak, limp and lifeless, and dropping out at an alarming rate. Her scalp became scaly and she was deeply distressed.
This was a very awkward case because I knew that while her thyroid was underactive and she was taking Thyroxin, treatment would be very difficult. However, I started by treating her with the Eucaderm Hair and Scalp Care Pack no.1 and copious cold water massages.
Giving her time and re-assurance was also very important, and within a few weeks her hair loss began to slow down and in fact she was able to finish having weekly treatments after only two months.
Carole is now very happy to report that she now has a thick, shiny, full head of hair.
David Satchell S.R.H M.C.H. M.inst.P.I.