Some causes of hair loss can be treated
Hair loss is often treatable if the problem is addressed early.
In order to discover what the cause of your hair loss is, it is important to visit a dermatologist as soon as you start noticing the issue. If you lose too much hair, it may not be possible to reverse the effects, which is why timing is of the essence. Once you schedule your appointment, you will have to become a detective, of sorts, learning your behaviors and eating habits and running some tests to determine if there is a physical explanation for your loss of hair.
According to Dr. Peter Jenkin of Dermatology Associates in Seattle, "There are multiple different kinds of hair loss that can occur. A consultation with a dermatologist would be the initial step to determine the cause of the hair loss."
Common questions your dermatologist may ask include:
- Have you changed your diet recently?
- What types of medicines are you currently taking?
- Do you have any allergies that may be causing the hair loss?
Each of these questions will be explored in depth to get to the root of the cause.
Once the cause has been determined, treatment will begin. There are several different ways in which hair loss can be treated, both prescription and other the counter. One of the most common hair treatment methods is the application of minoxidil. Minoxidil is used because it has been thoroughly evaluated by the FDA and is approved for the use in stimulating hair growth. Dermatologists may also decide to use laser treatment, which has also been known to stimulate growth.
Prescription medicines are also available and are mostly intended for men. However, if your problem is due to inflammation within your body, then a likely prescription would be corticosteroids.
If none of these prove to be effective, your dermatologist may recommend one of several procedures. Hair transplant is the number one procedure done to help with the ease of hair loss. The process takes several months to take effect, but many people have experienced desirable results when undergoing the procedure.