As the thyroid gland is located at the front of the neck (under the "Adam's apple"), you may be wondering what it has to do with hair health. According to webMD, there are several ways in which your thyroid gland can affect your hair.
There are many different types of thyroid problems, but the most common include hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.
What your hair can tell us about your thyroid health
Thyroid disease occurs when the normal production of thyroid hormones is disturbed. As the thyroid gland is involved in many processes throughout the body, an underactive thyroid gland can stop hair growth.
Hair loss due to thyroid disease occurs over time and does not result in the growth of new hair. Eyebrows, body hair, and eyelashes may also be affected.
Dry, brittle hair
There are many reasons for dry hair, including heat damage, harsh shampoos, and the use of chemicals. Another reason is when the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones."With hypothyroidism, hair becomes dry, coarse, brittle, and slow-growing." Similarly, nails are thicker, more brittle, and grow more slowly.
Hair texture change
Hypothyroidism can make the hair texture dry and brittle. Hyperthyroidism, on the other hand, can make hair appear extremely thin and soft. This is not a permanent problem as long as the necessary treatment is given. Hair changes are generally temporary and will subside once treatment is continued and thyroid hormone levels stabilise.
An autoimmune thyroid disease called Hashimoto's thyroiditis can cause hair thinning. The earlier you deal with hair changes and hair loss, the more likely you are to avoid irreversible damage.
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