Is Your Hair Loss a Symptom of Disease? (Part One)

On our blog, we’ve previously discussed thyroid disease (which includes hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s disease, Graves’ disease and others) and discussed how the disease could potentially cause hair loss. Unfortunately, thyroid disease is not the only ailment that can cause or worsen hair loss. There are a host of diseases that can impact hair health, and we’ll discuss a few in this two-part series.

diseases that cause hair loss

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks hair follicles, causing hair – usually on the scalp, but possibly on other areas of the body as well – to fall out in small patches. While alopecia areata usually does not result in complete hair loss, it may prevent hair from regrowing where it was lost. Even if the hair does grow back, it may fall out again.

There is no cure for alopecia areata, but there may be ways to regrow hair. Talk to one of our Minneapolis hair restoration experts to discuss your options.

 

Syphilis

Syphilis can be difficult to diagnose – it’s possible to have the disease for several years without showing any symptoms. This can cause it to be transmitted more often. More than 56,000 cases were reported in 2013, according to the CDC, making syphilis a fairly common disease.

Syphilis has four stages, and it is during the second stage that skin rashes and hair loss is common. These symptoms will go away regardless of whether you receive treatment, but it’s important to see your doctor and get treated before more serious and permanent harm is done.

 

Hypopituitarism

More often referred to as an underactive pituitary gland, hypopituitarism occurs when the pituitary gland – which is located on the underside of the brain – fails to release enough hormones. Underlying causes of hypopituitarism include brain, pituitary gland or hypothalamus tumors, or other diseases such as tuberculosis, stroke, sarcoidosis, hemochromatosis or others. In some cases, the cause may not be known.

Because there is no single causes of hypopituitarism, there is no set course of treatment. The disease is treated on a case by case basis, with an ultimate goal of restoring hormone levels.

 

Stay tuned for part two to learn more about diseases that cause and worsen hair loss.

 

If you’re dealing with hair loss, contact our discrete Bloomington, Minnesota hair restoration salon and schedule a free consultation. We carry a wide variety of hair systems, wigs, hair extensions and more. Our hair replacement professionals can help you to find the best solution for you.

Thyroid Disease and Hair Loss

Thyroid disease is a blanket term that covers a variety of ailments, including hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s disease, Graves’ disease, thyroid cancer and others. It is estimated that between 27 and 60 million Americans suffer from some form of thyroid disease, but, unfortunately, the majority go undiagnosed. Women are more likely to be thyroid patients than men.

Hair loss is often one of the first indicators of thyroid disease. In fact, it’s not uncommon for an underlying thyroid problem to first be uncovered by a hairdresser! If you’re experiencing hair loss or changes to your hair caused by thyroid disease, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to reverse your hair loss.

thyroid disease and hair loss

Evaluate your medication

Unfortunately, hair loss is a common side effect of many of the hormone replacement medications prescribed to treat thyroid disease – specifically, lecothyroxine (which has many name brand forms). If this is the case for you, talk to your doctor about switching to a different medication or adding a second drug.

Hair loss is also commonly caused by undertreatment or mistreatment of thyroid disease. Don’t be afraid to speak up or get a second opinion if you think this is the case.

Visit a dermatologist

It’s possible that your hair loss is caused by something other than thyroid disease. A dermatologist that specializes in hair loss can run tests to determine the cause, and help identify new treatment methods. Just be sure to bring a copy of your medical records so the dermatologist can see what you’ve been diagnosed with and prescribed.

Adjust your diet

Loading your diet with iron, lysine and other vitamins and minerals, along with plenty of healthy fat, can give your hair a boost.

Look into hair replacement

Extensions, wigs and other hair replacement and restoration products can help you look and feel like yourself again as you work to treat your thyroid disease.

 

If you’re experiencing hair loss caused by an autoimmune disease, contact our experienced Minneapolis hair replacement professionals to schedule a consultation at our discrete and comfortable Bloomington hair restoration salon.