👩🏾⚕️Hair loss is a distressing experience. If you are experiencing hair loss please don’t suffer in silence. There are many different causes of hair loss and early diagnosis and treatment is extremely important.
👩🏾⚕️If you are seeing or feeling changes with your hair/scalp please don’t delay in seeing a dermatologist for consultation.
📝Here are some tips to prepare for a dermatologist appointment for hair loss.
👉🏾 Prepare to review and discuss your medical history and your family medical history (chronic conditions, surgeries, child birth etc) we need this information to get a full picture of what may be contributing to your hair loss.
👉🏾 Bring a copy of your latest bloodwork and a list of medications and/or supplements you are currently taking or used in the past. We will likely still order additional bloodwork but this gives us a good starting point.
👉🏾 Keep a hair journal with both notes of your symptoms (itching/burning/tenderness/fatigue/stress/fever) but also photos to document your journey. Please be ready to share photos of your scalp over the last few years with your derm. This helps us identify potential triggers.
👉🏾Be prepared to show your entire scalp for evaluation. We can’t not see under braids/sewn-ins/ etc. odds are you waited awhile for your appointment please make the most of it by coming fully prepared for complete evaluation possible biopsy, and treatment.
👉🏾 Bring a list or photos of the products you are using on your hair. Including any chemicals (we need to know the last time your relaxed and if natural we need to know any hair treatments used in the past).
👉🏾Bring your Q’s written down or in the notes section of your phone. This is an emotional journey and you may forget something you wanted to ask.
👉🏾Most important don’t feel embarrassed we are here to help you and will work closely together as a team to get you on the best treatment plan for your particular diagnosis.
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