Patients affected by hair, scalp or nail conditions often suffer tremendous physical and psychological distress as a result. Although rare, certain hair and nail conditions can signal internal health problems. For this reason, evaluation and management of these disorders are an essential part of patient care within medical dermatology.
Your DermOne affiliated medical dermatologist is available to help with the diagnosis and treatment of hair, scalp and nail conditions, including the following:
- Alopecia (areata, totalis, and universalis)
- Atopic dermatitis (eczema)
- Bacterial infections (folliculitis)
- Contact dermatitis (allergic and irritant)
- Female pattern baldness
- Hair loss related to autoimmune disorders
- Hair shedding (telogen effluvium)
- Hirsutism and hypertrichosis (excessive hair)
- Loose anagen syndrome
- Male pattern baldness
- Onychomycosis (nail fungal infection)
- Scarring alopecia (lichen planus, frontal fibrosing, central centrifugal)
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Tinea capitis (hair fungal infection)
At DermOne, our affiliated providers offer a comprehensive evaluation of patients suffering from hair, scalp and nail conditions. Their goal is to determine the underlying cause of the disorder and to suggest an individualized treatment regimen that matches a patients’ needs. Diagnosis of these conditions starts with a thorough medical assessment that includes a detailed personal and family history and an examination of the affected areas. Your provider may also choose to use a dermatoscope, a special instrument that gives a magnified view of the affected area.
Next, if your provider is concerned, he or she will ask your permission to remove a small portion of the affected hair, scalp or nail tissue. Called a skin biopsy, this minor surgical procedure takes only a few minutes and can be done in your DermOne affiliated physician’s office. The sampled tissue is then processed, so a pathologist can examine it under a microscope, giving your provider valuable information about your condition. Blood tests and nutritional assessments may also be helpful in certain situations.