Hair and Nail Disorders

What are Nail Disorders?

Some common nail disorders include fungal and bacterial nail infections, psoriasis of the nails, splitting and brittleness of the nails, and irregularity in growth and appearance.
Symptoms that could signal nail problems include change in color, shape, and or thickness, swelling of the skin around the nails, bleeding or discharge, and pain.

Why is it important to have a Dermatologist to diagnose the disorder?

Dermatologists can prescribe the correct treatment of your nail disorder. Often nails can reflect your general state of health. Changes in the nail, such as discoloration or thickening, can signal health problems including liver and kidney diseases heart and lung conditions, anemia and diabetes.

What are Hair Disorders?

Hair disorders also called Follicular disorders refer to excessive shedding or baldness (or both). Balding can be localized or diffuse, scarring or non-scarring. Increased hair can be due to hormonal factors or non-hormonal. Scalp disorders may or may not be associated with hair loss.
Symptoms may include hair loss all over or in circular areas, a receding hair line, broken hairs, a smooth scalp, inflammation, and possibly loss of lashes and eyebrows.

Why see a Dermatologist for Hair Disorders?

Dermatologists can distinguish between hair loss and hair shedding. If you are concerned by the amount of hair falling out, you don’t need to suffer in silence. We specialize in diagnosing and treating the skin, hair, and nails. We can tell you whether you have hair loss or excessive hair shedding. Some people have both. We can also find the cause or causes and tell you what you can expect. Effective treatments options are available for many types of hair loss. The sooner treatment begins, the better the prognosis.