Hair Loss: Diagnosis and treatment
Hair loss is a natural phenomenon. On average, we lose 50 hairs a day, which are replaced by a new hair. In some circumstances, hair loss can be much more severe (autumn, stress, fatigue, illness …). In case of baldness, no hair is replaced of those that fall.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the use of a low-level laser device as a treatment for the hereditary hair loss present in men and women. In some small studies, it has been shown to improve hair density. More studies are needed to demonstrate the long-term effects.
Lifestyle and home remedies
Maybe you want to try shaving, using other products or hairstyle techniques, handkerchiefs, a wig or a toupee. Talk to stylists in search of ideas. These non-medical solutions can be used to cover hair loss permanently or temporarily.
Preparation for the consultation
It is likely that you first inform the family doctor about your ultrax hair surge. You are likely to be referred to a doctor who specializes in the treatment of skin diseases (dermatologist).
What you can do
Record your essential personal information, such as major stress episodes or recent changes in your life. Helpful resources will guide you more about it.
- Make a list of all medications, vitamins and supplements you take.
- Prepare a list of questions to ask the doctor.
The time with the doctor is limited, so preparing a list of questions can help you make the most of the time. List the questions from the most important to the least important, in case you run out of time. In relation to hair loss, these are some of the basic questions to ask the doctor:
- What is the most likely cause of my hair loss?
- Are there other possible causes?
- What kind of tests do I need to do?
- Is hair loss permanent or will it grows back? How long will that take?
- What is the best plan of action?
- Are there any restrictions I need to follow?
- Should I see a specialist? How much will that cost? Will my insurance cover the consultation with a specialist?
- Is there a generic alternative to the medication you prescribe?
- Do you have any brochures or other printed material that you can take home?
- What websites do you recommend?
What to expect from your doctor
The doctor is likely to ask you several questions. Being prepared to answer them will allow you to reserve time to review the points where you want to stop. The doctor may ask you the following: