Hair loss issues, who do I see? A trichologist or a dermatologist?

While not as widely known as other medical specialties, such as dermatology, the field of trichology is gaining recognition as people become more interested in maintaining healthy hair and addressing hair-related issues. Therefore, some people may know what a trichologist is, while others may not be familiar with the term. 

Trichology is a branch of dermatology that specifically deals with the study of hair and scalp health. Trichologists are specialists who diagnose and treat hair and scalp disorders such as hair loss, dandruff, psoriasis, and other scalp conditions. They can also offer advice on hair care, including recommendations for hair products, styling, and nutrition. 

Dermatology, on the other hand, is a medical specialty that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of skin, hair, and nail conditions. Dermatologists are trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of skin conditions, including acne, eczema, psoriasis, skin cancer, and other conditions that affect the skin, hair, and nails. 

While both trichology and dermatology deal with skin and hair health, trichology is a more specialized field that focuses specifically on hair and scalp disorders. Dermatology, on the other hand, covers a broader range of skin conditions and may include the diagnosis and treatment of hair and nail disorders as well. 

Trichologists use a variety of methods to determine problems in hair follicles. They may begin by taking a detailed medical history and conducting a physical examination of the hair and scalp. During the physical examination, the trichologist will look for signs of inflammation, scarring, scaling, redness, or other visible abnormalities on the scalp.

Trichologists may also perform a hair pull test or scalp biopsy to help diagnose hair and scalp conditions. During a hair pull test, the trichologist gently pulls on a small section of hair to determine how easily it comes out. A scalp biopsy involves removing a small piece of skin from the scalp for laboratory analysis to determine the cause of the hair or scalp problem. Additionally, trichologists may order blood tests or other diagnostic tests to rule out underlying medical conditions that could be contributing to hair or scalp problems. Based on the results of these tests and examinations, the trichologist can diagnose the hair or scalp condition and recommend an appropriate treatment plan. 

You may consider visiting a trichologist if you are experiencing any of the following hair or scalp issues: 

    1. Hair loss or thinning: If you are experiencing hair loss or thinning, a trichologist can help diagnose the underlying cause and suggest treatments to slow or stop the hair loss. 

    1. Scalp problems: If you have an itchy, flaky, or oily scalp, or if you have a rash or infection on your scalp, a trichologist can diagnose the issue and suggest appropriate treatments. 

    1. Hair damage: If your hair is damaged due to chemical treatments, heat styling, or other factors, a trichologist can suggest ways to repair and protect your hair. 

    1. Hair breakage: If your hair is breaking easily, a trichologist can help identify the underlying cause and suggest ways to prevent further breakage. 

    1. Unusual changes in hair texture or growth: If you notice sudden changes in your hair texture or growth patterns, a trichologist can help diagnose the cause and suggest treatments. 

Overall, if you have any concerns or issues related to your hair or scalp, it may be a good idea to consult with a trichologist for an expert evaluation and advice. 

#MNHD Editorial Staff