Clinical Dermatology

Hair & Nail Evaluation and Treatment

You may not have thought about it previously but the health of your hair and nails is directly related to your skin. At Medford Derm, we know hair and nails, and can help you achieve better health in both.

Hair & Nail Evaluation and Treatment

Dermatologists are also experts in the evaluation and treatment of medical conditions affecting hair and nails. These common conditions can cause great distress and may be painful or unsightly.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, nearly 80 million people have hereditary thinning hair or baldness.

Problems with nails are common among senior citizens. Changes in nail color or shape, swelling around the nail, changes in nail thickness, bleeding, discharge, or pain are noticed first and may signal changes in general health. Fungal infections cause half of all nail problems, as does anemia, diabetes, and internal organ problems. Occasionally, melanomas may grow under nails and are categorized by dark streaks, especially if the discoloration expands in width or does not grow out over time.

Hair problems like hair loss are also very common, affecting people of all ages. People normally shed hair at the rate of up to 100 hairs per day. Regardless of the rate of shedding, hair loss occurs when the amount or density of hair remaining on the scalp decreases noticeably. The most common cause of hair loss is hereditary hormonal hair loss, and is known as male or female pattern hair loss.

Most hair and nail disorders can be successfully treated. Like all aspects of dermatology, training, experience, and careful consideration of each hair or nail patient are the keys to providing customized recommendations for treatment.