Celiac disease often causes hair loss and thinning due to resulting nutritional deficiencies. But following a strict gluten-free diet and optimizing your intake of key nutrients can help halt shedding and promote regrowth.
How to Stop Hair Loss from Celiac Disease
Strategies to reduce hair loss from celiac disease include eliminating gluten completely, getting regular blood tests, consuming more protein, taking iron, zinc, biotin and vitamin D supplements, trying scalp massages, and using medicated shampoos with ingredients like salicylic acid or ketoconazole.
Follow a Strict Gluten-Free Diet
Avoiding all traces of gluten allows your small intestine to heal and improves absorption of nutrients needed for healthy hair.
Check Nutrient Levels Frequently
Get blood tests for iron, ferritin, zinc, vitamin D and B12 every 3-6 months and supplement any deficiencies.
Eat More Protein
Consume 0.7-1 gram of protein per pound of body weight daily to provide hair-building amino acids.
Take Targeted Supplements
Specific supplements shown to help celiac hair regrowth include iron, zinc, biotin, vitamin D and fish oil.
Do Scalp Massages
Massaging the scalp boosts blood flow to follicles to stimulate growth.
Use Medicated Shampoos
Look for shampoos with ketoconazole or salicylic acid which reduce inflammation and follicular buildup.
Why Does Celiac Disease Cause Hair Loss?
Celiac-related hair loss is due to:
- Malabsorption of nutrients
- Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
- Inflammation in the small intestine
- Reactive immune response
Common Nutrient Deficiencies
Nutritional deficiencies commonly seen with celiac disease that impact hair:
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin B12
Will My Hair Grow Back?Yes, strict adherence to a gluten-free diet allows gastrointestinal healing and improved nutrient absorption necessary for hair regrowth. But it takes time.
See Your Doctor for Ongoing LossConsult your gastroenterologist if hair loss continues despite a gluten-free diet. Further testing may be needed to check for additional gastrointestinal disorders inhibiting nutrient absorption.
Coping Tips for Hair LossUntil your hair regrows:
- Try semi-permanent keratin treatments
- Use volumizing sprays, powders and hair products
- Style hair to hide thinning areas
The Bottom LineEliminating gluten, getting bloodwork done, supplements, scalp massages and medicated shampoos helps halt hair shedding from celiac disease. But 3-6 months gluten-free is needed to see improvement.
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