Many people may think, “I can’t go to a hospital for thinning hair…”, “Thinning hair is not a disease, so it’s not worth going all the way to a hospital”, or “I don’t have any physical problems, so it’s embarrassing to go to a hospital for thinning hair…”. But the truth is, thinning hair and hospitals are not the same thing.
But in fact, thinning hair and hospitals are closely related.
Which department should I see?
Hospitals have various “departments”. Internal medicine, surgery, dermatology, otolaryngology, neurology…. It is not unusual for a general hospital to have more than 10 departments.
So, where should one go for thinning hair?
Is it internal medicine because it is not an injury, but something that happens from inside the body? For women, some may consider seeing a gynecologist because it is an abnormality of the hormone system.
These are not “wrong” either, but in the case of thinning hair, it is basically considered that the first step should be to visit a dermatologist.
What does a dermatologist know?
There are several advantages to going to a dermatologist.
likely to find the cause of the problem
There are many causes of thinning hair. One that comes to mind quickly is AGA (Androgenetic Alopecia (male pattern baldness)). This is the most common cause of thinning hair, said to be caused by male hormones.
However, there are many other factors that contribute to thinning hair. Thyroid disease can cause thinning hair, and stress can also be a cause.
We can examine, as a matter of “knowledge,” “what causes it?” but it is not easy to identify the cause of hair loss. However, if we go to a dermatologist, there is a very good chance that he or she will be able to identify the cause of the problem.
If we know what the cause is, it is easier to think of countermeasures.
The benefits of “confiding in others about your problems
Thinning hair is a very sensitive issue. Especially when you are in the “beginning stages of thinning hair,” you are in deep distress. You want to talk to someone about it, to discuss it with them, but you can’t because it is not a disease, and you are afraid they will laugh at you. There must be many people who are so worried.
However, this kind of worry is very stressful for the mind and body, and can cause further thinning of the hair.
Simply being able to confide one’s concerns to a professional doctor can greatly reduce this stress.
Incidentally, although I mentioned above that I recommend seeing a dermatologist, many clinics specializing in thinning hair have also been established.