Dermatology is usually most associated with your skin, but did you know that dermatologists also diagnose and treat conditions involving your hair and nails? Generally, healthy hair and nails reflect good overall health however sometimes we come across conditions and even diseases that specifically affect these areas alone. Dandruff is common and can be a nuisance but it can also be a symptom of something more serious. Some skin conditions can present on the scalp, like psoriasis or eczema, which can be diagnosed by a dermatologist. Hair Loss is also a common concern that has many causes including recent childbirth. Most people experiencing hair loss are wondering if the amount of hair loss is normal or excessive and whether it is temporary or not. It does sometimes stop on its own but a dermatologist can help explain possible causes and treatment options. Lice is usually associated with school age children but anyone, despite good hygiene is at risk. It can turn into a recurring problem unless properly treated.
Healthy Hair Tips
- How often should you wash your hair? Wash and condition your hair according to your particular hair and scalp type. The frequency should depend on how oily or dry your hair and scalp tends to be. For example, an oily scalp will require more frequent shampooing. Let that be your guide.
- When choosing products for your hair, also keep in mind your natural scalp and hair type, the same as you would when choosing a product for your skin type. For example, a dry scalp or dry hair will benefit from a more moisture rich product.
- Swimming is good for your health but chlorine is not healthy for your hair. It can be pretty damaging so if you do swim in a chlorinated pool, make sure to protect your hair as much as possible. Before getting in the pool, thoroughly wet and condition your hair and put it under a good fitting swim cap.
A few of the more common nail conditions are ingrown nails and nail fungus. Ingrown nails can cause infection and be very painful. Nail fungus is a fungal infection that can also be very painful. Both of these conditions should be treated by an experienced dermatologist. If you have poor circulation or diabetes it is especially important to pay attention to the health of your nails.
Healthy Nail Tips
- Don’t bite your nails, remove cuticles or try to dig out an ingrown toenail on your own. These can all lead to nail damage.
- If you go to a nail salon for a manicure and/or pedicure, make sure that they are following very strict disinfection and cleanliness guidelines. You can do this by taking a good look around you and asking questions.
- If you’ll be swimming at a public pool this summer, wear flip flops to prevent risk of fungal infections. This is also a good idea if you’ll be using a public shower at your gym.
If you are noticing issues and observing changes in the health of your hair or nails, make an appointment to see a dermatologist. Forefront Dermatology diagnoses and treats all diseases of the skin, hair and nails with the most innovative technology and treatment protocols available. We currently have over 55 locations to serve you throughout the United States. If you have questions about your hair or nail health call (855) 535-7175 to make an appointment with one of highly experienced dermatologists.