Dermatologists are specialists in the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of hair and nail conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions
What nail conditions do dermatologists treat?
The skin under and around your nails is susceptible to many diseases. While a change in nail color, texture, or shape can be harmless, but it can also be a sign of disease. If you notice changes to a fingernail or toenail, it’s time to see a board-certified dermatologist. We treat nail deformities, fungal nail infections, cancers of the nail, and the underlying medical conditions may cause nail damage.
Do you treat hair loss?
For many people, hair loss is a normal part of aging. A woman who inherits the genes for hereditary hair loss may notice gradual thinning. Men who have hereditary hair loss tend to develop a receding hairline or bald patch that begins in the center of the scalp.
A range of health issues can also cause hair loss including underlying disease, vitamin deficiency, hormone imbalance, and infection. Alopecia areata, for example, is a disease that develops when the body attacks its own hair follicles (where hair grows from), which can cause hair loss anywhere on the body. A dermatologist can help you determine if treatment is needed.
You can learn more about nail disease and hair loss from the American Academy of Dermatology