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Finding a good Hair Loss Doctor
The American Academy of Dermatology has a Dermatologist Referral Service. There you can type in your city and see a list of dermatologists in your area. Click each name and find the section labeled "Specialties". If Alopecia or Hair Loss is not listed verbatim, read through the rest of their profile and see if it is mentioned. If you are unable to find a specialist in your area, make use of the AAD's more broad Statewide Search. You will be presented with all the registered Dermatologists in your state by City. Some have profiles, some don't, but all have contact information. It is worth the work to print out a list and call them one by one, and inquire as to the physicians experience with Alopecia Areata.
Diagnostic Blood Tests for Women's Hair Loss
We have contacted the top researchers and physicians in the country and compiled the information below. Two things are needed: blood tests and clinical history. There are a series of tests that an educated specialist will have done on you. Without these tests, there is no way for any physician to accurately diagnose your condition. If your physician says these tests are not necessary, find someone else. The tests are as follows:
» DHEAS, Testosterone, Androstenedione, Prolactin, Follicle Stimulating and Leutinizing Hormone
» Serum Iron, Serum Ferritin, TIBC (Total Iron Binding capacity)
» Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
» Complete Blood Count (CBC)
Clinical History for Female Androgenetic Alopecia
Take a moment and write down the answers to the following questions, and have them prepared for your physician's review. Again, if he or she does not request the answers to these questions, nor seem interested in the paper you've brought in, find another specialist.
» Are you on any medications? If so, what.
» How long has this problem been occurring?
» Is the hair falling out fully intact, or is it breaking?
» Family history of diabetes, asthma, arthritis, lupus, vitiligo, anemia, or Addison's disease?
» Have you recently given birth, or gone through menopause?
What Can I do Right Now to Help?
If your levels are all normal, or you want to "kickstart" your hair growth right away, there are hair loss treatments which can help you along. In the next Step, we will discuss the only treatments available on the market today for women's hair loss.