The key to addressing hyperthyroidism-related hair loss is to treat the thyroid first. Working with your doctor, you can likely get the condition under control with medication. Some of the most common medications used for this include the following:
- Propylthiouracil and methimazole
Your doctor may also encourage you to take vitamin supplements including iron, vitamin B-7, zinc and vitamins C, E and A. Once your hypothyroidism is under control, your hair should naturally start to regrow.
Some other recommended lifestyle changes include eating better, especially getting more whole foods. Also, inflammation can worsen hypothyroidism and hair loss. Eating more anti-inflammatory foods including ginger and turmeric can improve both conditions.
It is also beneficial to treat your hair more carefully. Avoid pulling on your hair or exposing it to too much heat. Additionally, when you are cleaning it, make sure to gently massage your scalp.
Needing to treat the thyroid first can make handling hair loss more challenging. Even though it will regrow naturally, this can be a slow process. Additionally, if you have any other factors that are affecting hair growth, it may not regrow. Therefore, many people who experience hypothyroidism hair loss also seek treatments specifically for their hair.