Hair loss - Which type of doctor to see?

@mdilan (803)
United States
July 17, 2007 6:07am CST
I'm 25 y/o and have been experiencing hair loss for years, but it usually was temporary due to stress. My mom or dad never experienced hair loss like mine at tthis age. Ok, so I had 2 pregnancies very close together, then a very stressful family situation, and my hair is in a pony tail a lot of time, pretty tight, I remember it would hurt me there sometimes. Also, my part of the scalp closest to my forehead has shown like some red spots on it, and it is so sensitive now, that even when I try to brush it it hurts. Now it the hair loss there is very apparent and I feel like a part of my femeninity has been lost. I have very long hair, and this is frustrating me, because I'm so young for this. I have read many blogs and articles for hair loss and they talk about the causes and possible solutions, and procedures, but they never say which doctor should I go and see to seek my main problem and solution. General Medicine? Which one? Please help, I'm so sad.
7 responses
• Philippines
11 Sep 07
I am not going to be sure about this answer but I think the right doctor to see is a dermatologist. Anyway they deal with skin problems and the scalp is always connected to hair loss. I personally use the coconut oil for my hair. It prevents hair from falling, moisturize the scalp and could help hair grow again.
@alysya (159)
• Philippines
3 Sep 07
Goodness we have the very same situation... I have consulted the doctor snd she told me it had been also because of engaing in a very strict diet... because I wanted to immidiately get rid of my fats .. I didn't eat much... the doctor said a lot of nutrients had been lost that caused my hair to fall a lot... believe me.. I flt like I'm in a chemo session...but then My hair is beginning to grow back I used BIO HAIR the one I saw in the TV at first I was hesitant... but thank God it helped!
@flashjet (56)
• Pakistan
30 Jul 07
The relevant question to ask is how long after your last pregnancy you feel you started loosing more hair than you normally should. At your age it would be inappropriate to think of you undergoing a menopause, though any complications occurring during labor can have serious effects on blood hormonal levels during later life. Do you think your health condition has changed in more ways than just you loosing more hair after your last pregnancy? You have also indicated your scalp being affected by some sort of dermatological condition. Is there any hardening of the affected skin? Does a similar condition affect any other area of your body such as elbows, knees and other pressure points? Do you have a family history of "Psoriasis"? It would be difficult to advise any thing prior to a proper interview and physical examination. My best advice therefore is to get an appointment with a family physician, though you are most welcome to post any further questions for me.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
17 Jul 07
The tightness of the ponytail would be a big lightbulb moment for me during hair loss. Anyway, here is a site that could give you information about your case and then say what kind of doctor to see if you still feel the need for one. Good luck finding the information that will help you. http://www.ehealthmd.com/library/hairloss/HL_causes.html
@classy56 (2883)
• United States
17 Jul 07
I know how you feel.An i have talked to my doctor about my hair lose.I have long hair also an sometime wear it in a pony tail.An i am 50 years old.This is what the doctor told me to do an the reason for hair loss. hair loss can be due to menopause an you may be experanceing it..even at 25. she told me to take vitimans E an to use rogain for women an to keep my hair out of a pony tail an take hormones pills {premarin}.surgey is the last resort an very expensive.Dont feel bad millions of women go"s through this.
@GardenGerty (113535)
• United States
17 Jul 07
I do not have first hand experience with this, but I would start with my family doctor, then ask about a referral to the dermatologist, due to the condition with the red spots and sensitivity. Make sure that you get plenty of vitamins A,D,E and B complex. Let us know what you find out.
@brendalee (6083)
• United States
17 Jul 07
If I was you, I would start with your regular doctor. He/she might be able to figure it out. And if they can't, then I am sure they can refer you to a specialist for that. I am sorry that this is happening to you and I hope you get it solved soon.