It’s best to make an appointment to see a dermatologist. Dermatologists are the experts in diagnosing and treating hair loss. A dermatologist can tell you whether it’s FPHR or something else that is causing your hair loss. Other causes of hair loss can look like FPHL, so it’s important to rule out these causes.
What doctor can diagnose alopecia?
How do dermatologists diagnose alopecia areata? Your dermatologist will examine the area(s) with hair loss carefully and look at your nails. Your dermatologist will also ask some questions. This may be enough to diagnose you.
How does a dermatologist test for alopecia?
A dermatologist uses a card test to examine the health of hair shafts and to evaluate the number of new hair strands that are growing. The procedure is simple: The dermatologist creates a part in the hair and holds a small rectangular card covered in felt against a section of the scalp.
What should I ask my dermatologist about alopecia?
Questions to Ask Your Dermatologist About Your Hair Loss
- When did you start losing your hair?
- Do you find hair on your pillow or in the shower drain?
- Do you think the condition of your hair has changed since you started losing it?
- Do you feel like your hair loss is worse at some times than it is at others?
What is the fastest way to cure alopecia?
There is currently no cure for alopecia areata, although there are some forms of treatment that can be suggested by doctors to help hair re-grow more quickly. The most common form of alopecia areata treatment is the use of corticosteroids, powerful anti-inflammatory drugs that can suppress the immune system.
How quickly does alopecia spread?
People with alopecia areata typically have smooth, round patches of complete hair loss that develop over a period of a few weeks, followed in most cases by regrowth over several months (picture 1).
Is Alopecia Areata permanent?
Because alopecia areata cannot be cured, people who have regrowth can have more hair loss later. Some people have cycles of hair loss and regrowth. If your hair doesn’t regrow on its own, medical treatments may help. There are many treatments for alopecia areata, and scientists are studying new possibilities.
Is female pattern baldness reversible?
Female pattern baldness isn’t reversible. Proper treatment can stop the hair loss and potentially help regrow some of the hair you’ve already lost. Treatments can take up to 12 months to start working. You’ll need to stay on them long-term to keep from losing your hair again.