Reader’s Question

My hair is thinning. My GP did a blood test to check my thyroid. It came back as borderline. I had a repeat blood test 6 weeks later and the results were normal again. The only thing that was different in my life before my hair started thinning was an addiction to fizzy water! I drank it by the bucket loads everyday!!! I stopped drinking it after my abnormal thyroid blood results and I haven’t touched it since. Could there have been a link?

I’m a 36 yr old female with naturally curly and thick hair, but my hair is half as thick as it was a year ago and it’s really upsetting me. I lose so much when I handle it dry, and when I wash it. Also my scalp always feels uncomfortable when I tie my hair up for work… No matter how loosely I tie it / plait it.

Shuna’s Answer

In a word no, not unless you were very dehydrated from the salts in it and as a result the uptake of various vitamins and minerals from your diet was effected, highly unlikely.

There are many relevant bloods to be tested in your situation/ with your symptoms and thyroid is just one of these. During an hour consultation we would discuss more about your diet, family history and lifestyle where I could expand upon this and guide you.

You may be causing a little traction on your hair by tying it up or simply breaking it – it is most difficult an unethical for me to guess before examining your hair. If there is a generalised reduction in the volume of the hair without the previous mentioned issues then a blood test may be useful. If you could request a copy of your most recent results to bring to your first appointment with me, this would be really helpful. If further tests are required, I can write to your GP or you can have the tests done privately here in the clinic.

I look forward to seeing you at my clinic for a consultation.

Shuna Hammocks

Shuna Hammocks

Shuna Hammocks is a Consultant Trichologist who has been a hair and scalp specialist for 17 years. She is owner and Consultant Trichologist at Sussex Trichology. If you are suffering from hair loss, thinning hair or any other hair and scalp related issues, Call 07860387332 now for a private and professional consultation.

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West Sussex
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