The real short answer about when you should see your doctor concerning your hair loss is when you want to. Some doctors are going to brush you off and tell you that it’s just “female pattern” hair loss. But there are many possibilities besides that and you should be tested to ensure that you don’t have underlying health issues causing the problem. So, if your doctor isn’t listening, find a new one.
* You Have Underlying Health Conditions – If you have any health issues, from autoimmune illnesses to diabetes, you should talk to your healthcare professional when you have any new symptoms – including hair loss.
* Sudden Hair Loss – If your hair suddenly starts falling out fast, then you should make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. There are many illnesses that are serious that cause hair loss. It’s best to be safe than sorry.
* Bald Patches on Your Head – If you have actual bald patches on your head, it’s very important to go to a doctor. You can start with your primary care physician and if they cannot figure out the cause then they may send you to a dermatologist or even an endocrinologist.
* You Believe Medication Is Causing Hair Loss – If you’re on any type of medication, you can look it up on Google to find out the side effects. With many, you’ll be shocked to learn that they have side effects including hair loss. If that’s the case, there may be a different medication that your doctor can give you.
* Your Scalp Is Scaly – You may have a scalp condition that can cause hair loss, such as psoriasis or something else. Luckily, this can be treated, and you may be able to stop or slow the progression of hair loss.
* You Have a Rash on Your Scalp – If you have any type of rash anywhere, you should see your doctor. Make sure you tell them before you come in that you have a rash so that they can isolate you and be prepared in case you’re contagious.
* Large Amounts of Hair in Your Brush – If you see large amounts such as a fistful of hair in your hairbrush after you brush your hair in the evening, you may have a serious condition that requires medical treatment, so see your doctor.
* You Want to Learn about Treatment Options – If you are having any measure of thinning hair, you will want to start with an appointment to your doctor to rule out underlying health issues that can cause hair loss. Then, when you’ve dealt with those you can move on to other treatment options.
Seeing your doctor when you are suffering hair loss can be stressful, but it is necessary if for no other reason than to get a blood test to ensure that you don’t have a more serious condition causing hair loss.