Lyme disease and hair loss - a true storyLyme disease is a bacterial infection which is transmitted via the bite of an infected blacklegged or deer tick. Symptoms range from an initial red and expanding skin rash, flu like symptoms and more severe symptoms such as facial muscle weakness or paralysis, severe migraines and stiffness in neck or even fainting and chest pains.

An unexpected symptom of Lyme disease

One uncommonly talked about symptom of Lyme disease is hair thinning. Lyme disease can cause upset to the body’s thyroid system and it is well known that thyroid issues can stimulate temporary hair loss. In fact, certain illnesses can prompt a hair loss condition or even exacerbate underlying genetic hair loss conditions.

Patients with Lyme disease will usually be battling internal stressors such as stress, lack of sleep and dealing with side effects of medication, which can all stimulate the onset of telogen effluvium (TE). The build-up of these internal stressors can force hair follicles into the resting phase, so hair will shed after three months and hair will look thinner and unnourished. Usually TE will last up to six months, however if the hair loss in unaddressed and not treated within time, chronic telogen effluvium can develop.

Using healing herbs for hair regrowth

One patient, Lisa Holowaychuk, found importance in nutrition and healing herbs for hair regrowth, on the philosophy that our hair is a reflection of our internal health. Taking herbs orally or applying them directly to your scalp in the form of essential oils allows your body to reap their natural benefits. Sage, parsley and rosemary can all help treat dandruff, as they are nourishing and thought to lessen hair loss. Witch hazel can improve the blood circulation in the scalp and aloe contains the compound aloin, a possible stimulant of hair growth.

It is worth noting that hair regrowth will resume as normal after six to twelve months anyway, but it is harmless to practise holistic self-care and give your hair the optimal conditions to grow. Doctors always suggest ensuring the patient is getting enough sleep, managing any stress and following a nutritional balanced diet for healthy hair growth.