Should I see an endocrinologist, a trichologist or a dermatologist about my hair loss?

Should I see an endocrinologist, a trichologist or a dermatologist about my hair loss?

The real answer to who you see about your hair loss comes down to a simple question about what is causing your hair loss.  It’s worth noting that as trained professionals, if you see the wrong person, they are happy to point you to a more qualified colleague, so in that respect, there is little to lose, other than time and expense in seeing any of the three professions.


What does an endocrinologist do?

Endocrinology (from endocrine + -ology) is a branch of biology and medicine dealing with the endocrine system, its diseases, and its specific secretions known as hormones.  Therefore, if you are suffering from a form of baldness related to a hormone imbalance this could be a useful person to see.


What does a dermatologist do?

Dermatology is a medical speciality involving the treatment of skin diseases and conditions of the hair, nails and genitals. Examples of skin, hair and nail diseases are atopic eczema, fungal infections of the nails, impetigo, lichen sclerosis, herpes simplex and alopecia areata.  As a specialist in the top layers of the skin, it is always worth considering a visit to a dermatologist, particularly if you suspect that the condition is linked to a skin complaint.


What is a trichologist?

Put simply, trichology is the hair focused branch of dermatology.  It deals with the scientific study of the health of hair and scalp.

Trichologists are hair and scalp specialists (one type of skin specialist) who diagnose the causes of hair fall, hair breakage, hair thinning, miniaturization of hairs, diseases of the scalp, and treat according to cause.

All of these specialists will be able to treat you to some degree and make further referrals if you have inadvertently chosen the wrong profession.  But basically, see a trichologist if it’s a hair/scalp problem or see an endocrinologist if you believe your hair loss has been triggered by your body and its hormones.

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