The thyroid gland is responsible for regulating energy, proteins, growth and rate of function of many of the body’s systems and also controls the body’s sensitivity to hormones. Hair cells are some of the fastest growing in the body. Hormonal changes, stress, changes in medication etc., can affect hair growth and loss.
Hair loss which is hormonally induced takes place when an enzyme begins to convert testosterone on the head and scalp to its less useful version, dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. DHT then commences to attack the hair follicle. It shrinks the hair follicle, and can even make it disappear entirely. The result is thinner and finer hair. In some cases complete hair loss can result. This conversion of testosterone to DHT has been noted in some cases to be sped up in some patients with hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism (over active thyroid), and may be the cause of hair loss. Even with proper treatment for an over active thyroid hair loss can still occur.
Thyroid hair loss or hair thinning can be treated with top pieces or custom wigs at Platinum Hair Center (Trappe, Collegeville, and King of Prussia).
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