Clinical Dermatology

Hair & Nail Evaluation and Treatment

The rumors are true. Hair and nails are, in fact, intimately related to the skin. Redding Derm is well-schooled in hair and nail conditions and can help ‘nail down’ hairy situations.

Hair & Nail Evaluation and Treatment

Dermatologists are experts in the evaluation and treatment of skin disorders. Some people are unaware, however, that 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.

About 80 million people in the United States have hereditary thinning or baldness. - American Academy of Dermatology

Nail problems increase over time and are common among senior citizens. Fungal infections cause half of all nail problems. Nail problems often begin as changes in nail color or shape, swelling around the nail, changes in nail thickness, bleeding, discharge, or pain. Nail changes may signal changes in general health. Anemia, diabetes, and internal organ problems can all cause nail changes. On rare occasions, melanomas may grow under nails. Dark streaks under nails may be a sign of melanoma -- especially if the discoloration expands in width or does not grow out over time.

Hair problems are very common and affect people of all ages. One of the biggest hair problems is hair loss. Hairs are normally shed 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. If you see bald patches or lots of thinning, you may be experiencing hair loss. The most common cause of hair loss is hereditary hormonal hair loss. This condition is also known as male or female pattern hair loss. There are several other types of hair loss that have characteristic examination findings.

Most hair and nail disorders can be successfully treated. Once a diagnosis is determined, treatment options can be thoroughly explored. Like all aspects of dermatology, training, experience, and careful consideration of each hair or nail patient are the keys to providing customized recommendations for each unique situation.