What kind of doctor should you consult about hair loss?

Hair loss is a common condition. It can have several causes, which are sometimes difficult to identify. To combat hair loss effectively, you must consult a hair loss specialist quickly.



Abnormal hair loss: signs to watch for

Losing between 25 and 60 hairs a day is perfectly normal. In fact, it is the result of a physiological mechanism in which the scalp expels every day a small number of hairs considered to be in the telogen phase. New hairs, in the anagen phase, grow in their place. This is called the hair cycle. If this hair loss is more severe and occurring back to back over a period of at least three months, you should consult your pharmacist or a doctor specializing in hair loss. Fighting against hair loss is very difficult without the help of these professionals.

Hair loss can be sudden and drastic, making it difficult to come up with an explanation. Monitor when and how your hair falls out. Do you find more hairs in the tub after a shower? Or in the morning on your pillow? Does your hair seem to be getting thinner as if losing its volume? You should pay attention to these warning signs, as they could indicate diffuse hair loss.

Dermatologists specializing in alopecia and the scalp

Although we tend to neglect it, the health of our hair depends primarily on the condition of our scalp. And at the end of the day, the scalp is simply skin. Your hairdresser can give you some tips to manage temporary hair loss, but only a dermatologist, a doctor specializing in the skin and thus the scalp, is able to diagnose which type of hair loss you have (occasional, chronic, androgenetic alopecia or age-induced alopecia) and recommend, if needed, a medicinal hair loss treatment. A dermatologist can also provide guidance on additional steps you can take (adapted cosmetics, treatment of food supplements, etc.) to curb this condition. So, consult a dermatologist specializing in hair loss or a doctor specializing in female hair loss. Also, while you wait for your appointment with the dermatologist, feel free to consult your pharmacist or primary care physician.

Hair loss is a common reason for consulting a dermatologist. While it is considered to be a benign condition, it can cause significant psychological distress. You should, therefore, seek advice from a healthcare professional as soon as possible. Addressing the problem quickly will help prevent any more damage.

You may also find it helpful to consult a psychologist or sophrologist to gain a better understanding of the phenomenon.

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