Diagnosis and evaluation of hair loss patients typically involve a comprehensive assessment to determine the underlying cause and advice appropriate treatment options. It's recommended to consult with a Physician Trichologist or a dermatologist who specializes in hair and scalp conditions. Here are some key steps involved in hair fall checkup:
- Symptoms and Patterns: The Trichologist will ask about the specific symptoms you're experiencing, such as the pattern of hair loss, the rate of hair fall, and any associated scalp symptoms like itching or redness.
- Medical History: The Physician will enquire about your medical history, including information about your overall health, family history of hair loss, any medications you're taking, and any recent life events that may have triggered hair loss.
- Local Examination: An examination of the scalp and hair follicles will be conducted to assess the pattern and severity of hair loss. The trichologist will look for signs of inflammation, scarring, or other visible abnormalities.
- Scalp Examination: In all cases, a closer examination of the scalp using tools like Trichoscopy need to be performed. These methods allow for magnified visualization of the hair follicles and can provide additional insights into the condition.
- Pull Test: A pull test may be performed to assess the acute hair shedding. This involves gentle pulling on a cluster of hair to see how many strands are easily dislodged.
- Blood Tests: Depending on the suspected cause of hair loss, various laboratory tests may be recommended. These can include blood tests to assess hormone levels (such as thyroid function), iron levels, vitamin D levels, and other relevant markers.
- Scalp Biopsy: In some cases, a small sample of scalp tissue may be taken for analysis under a microscope to help determine the cause of hair loss, especially if scarring or inflammation is suspected.
- Photographic Followup: Taking Global photographs of the affected areas can serve as a baseline reference for tracking progress and evaluating treatment outcomes over time.
- Based on the findings from the evaluation, the Physician can provide a diagnosis and develop a personalized treatment plan. Treatment options can range from medications and topical treatments to lifestyle modifications or surgical interventions, depending on the underlying cause and individual expectations.