Thinning eyebrow hair is often one of the many side effects of hypothyroidism, a hormonal disease effecting the thyroid and pituitary glands and their production of thyroid hormones. Reduced thyroid hormones leave the body unable to maintain proper metabolism and other important functions creating a wide constellation of health problems including, but not limited to those effecting skin and body hair. Often the outer third of the eyebrow is completely absent in hypothyroid patients. Raising thyroid hormone levels can sometimes help eyebrow hair to grow back and cosmetic procedures can be performed to alleviate self consciousness in people who have lost their eyebrows.
Symptoms of Hypthyroidism
If you are loosing your eyebrow hair and experiencing other bodily hair loss, dry, itchy skin, excessive chilliness, overweight, sluggishness, loss of libido and depression, you may be suffering from hypothyroidism.
Diagnosis for Low Thyroid
Several methods are used to diagnose thyroid disease.
- Conventional blood tests are the most common diagnostic tool. Ask to have additional tests included with the basic thyroid profiles including Free T3 and T4. Even slight abnormalities in these hormone levels will likely lead to a diagnosis of thyroid disease.
- Low body temperature is also an indicator of thyroid disease. Your alternative healthcare practitioner may direct you to take your basal body temperature over a period of weeks to ascertain a baseline. Many hypothyroid patients have an average baseline body temperature ranging from 92 to 94 degrees.
- Clinical signs are also indicators for thyroid problems. Some alternative practitioners gather symptoms in groups including how a patient feels overall. The holistic picture allows the practitioner to make an assessment of the whole person based on clinical symptoms along with basal temperature and blood test results to form a complete diagnosis.
Traditional treatment for low thyroid is Synthroid or its generic, Levothyroxin. In some patients, this medicine is all that is needed and in time, eyebrow hair thickens and grows back as other bodily functions are restored. Depending on the cause of the low thyroid, Levothyroxin supplementation may be necessary indefinitely.
Alternative Treatments for Hypothyroidism
T4 supplementation in the form of Levothyroixin is not always effective or well tolerated by itself, and other medicines must be included in treatment plans. The addition of another thyroid hormone, T3, also known as Triiodo-L-Thyronine, is added to enhance the effects of T4. T3 can be administered in a drug called Cytomel or be compounded especially to the individual patient’s needs. Some alternative-minded doctors prescribe Armour Thyroid pills, a derivative from pig thyroid gland, which contains all thyroid hormones and effectively restores health. Certain naturopathic practitioners recommend thyroid glandular supplements to support the thyroid and associated systems.
Other alternative treatments for restoring people to health, who suffer from being hypothyroid, are homeopathy and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Both use herbs or remedies that must be properly prescribed by qualified practitioners. A full case must be taken and self-treatment is not advised.
Cosmetic Procedures Replace Eyebrows
In the event that eyebrow hair does not thicken or grow back after adequate treatment for thyroid disease and a reasonable amount of time has been allowed, permanent makeup can be used to replicate the look of eyebrows. Permanent make up is a form of tattoo that is applied by trained aestheticians who are medically certified to apply color and design to an area of the body where original features have been lost, like the eyebrows, lips or nipples. Confidence and self esteem can be reestablished for individuals who have lost their eyebrows due to thyroid disease.
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