Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You're likely to first bring your concerns to the attention of your family doctor. He or she may refer you to a dermatologist — a doctor who specializes in the treatment of skin problems.

What you can do

  • Write down key personal information, including any major stresses or recent life changes.
  • Make a list of all medications, as well as any vitamins or supplements, that you're taking.
  • Write down questions to ask your doctor.

Your time with your doctor is limited, so preparing a list of questions will help you make the most of your time together. List your questions from most important to least important in case time runs out. For hair loss, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What is likely causing my symptoms or condition?
  • Are there other possible causes for my symptoms or condition?
  • What kinds of tests do I need?
  • Is my condition likely temporary or chronic?
  • What is the best course of action?
  • Are there any restrictions that I need to follow?
  • Should I see a specialist? What will that cost, and will my insurance cover seeing a specialist?
  • Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing me?
  • Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take home with me? What websites do you recommend?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions. Being ready to answer them may reserve time to go over any points you want to spend more time on. Your doctor may ask:

  • When did you first begin experiencing hair loss?
  • Has your hair loss been continuous or occasional?
  • Have you had a similar problem in the past?
  • Has anyone in your immediate family experienced hair loss?
  • What medications or supplements do you take regularly?
  • What, if anything, seems to improve your hair loss?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen your hair loss?
Mar. 11, 2014

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