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What is hair loss?

Hair loss (alopecia) is a common and frustrating condition that may result from one or a combination of several factors. Sorting out the cause(s) and developing the best treatment plan can be challenging.

What causes hair loss?

Some of the most common factors affecting hair growth include:

  • genetics
  • hormonal fluctuations
  • aging
  • nutritional / vitamin deficiencies
  • inflammation
  • medications
  • medical conditions
  • scalp infections
  • stress
  • childbirth
  • toxins
  • styling practices

How can a dermatologist help?

Because of the complexity of factors affecting hair growth, many physicians are not well versed in the diagnosis and treatment of the many different kinds of alopecia. Here at Deschutes Dermatology we understand your frustration and will work to give you a clear understanding of what’s going on and how to best treat it.

What treatments are available for hair loss?

Potential treatments include:

  • Rogaine (minoxidil)
  • Propecia (finasteride)
  • Aldactone (spironolactone)
  • Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine )
  • Injections with anti-inflammatory cortisone
  • Injections with PRP/PRF
  • Anti-inflammatory scalp liquids
  • Oral or topical antibiotics
  • Dietary modifications
  • Vitamins / minerals / supplements
  • Stress reduction strategies

What should I expect?

Rather than making assumptions about the cause of your hair loss, we take a systematic approach starting with a detailed medical and dietary history. We’ll order lab tests when necessary and even perform a simple scalp biopsy if needed for more information. Once it’s clear what is going on, we will develop a comprehensive treatment plan to make sure you get the best result possible.

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