NW Dermatology Institute is one of the few hair loss referral centers in the United States. Our office serves patients throughout the Pacific Northwest. Our providers have a passionate interest in the diagnosis and medical treatment of hair loss and hair disorders. Our institute also conducts cutting edge clinical trials related to new hair loss treatments.

Common Hair Disorders We Diagnose and Treat

NW Dermatology Institute treats many common hair disorders in both men and women. If you're suffering from any of the following, the NW Dermatology Institute team is ready to help you.

  • Alopecia areata: autoimmune condition causing sudden onset hair loss
  • Female pattern hair loss: thinning through the top of head and widening hair part
  • Telogen effluvium: temporary shedding, typically on top of scalp
  • Lichen planopilaris: patchy hair loss, mainly on scalp
  • Frontal fibrosing alopecia: progressive hair loss that starts near the forehead and moves back
  • Male pattern hair loss: hair thinning on crown and receding hairline
  • Folliculitis decalvans: inflamed hair follicles that lead to hair loss as well as scarring
  • Discoid lupus erythematosus: autoimmune disease that causes red, coin-shaped scalp patches
  • Hair shaft disorders: any congenital or acquired hair shaft abnormality
  • Congenital hair disorders: hair loss caused by genetic abnormalities

If you're dealing with hair loss but aren't sure why it's happening, the NW Dermatology Institute team can diagnose the problem and help you treat it in the best way.

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What Causes Hair Loss?

There's a very long list of possible causes. In some cases, there's not just one clear cause but may be several contributing conditions. Possible causes include:

  • Family history of hair loss
  • Hormonal changes and medical conditions
  • Medications and supplements
  • Radiation therapy affecting the head
  • A very stressful event
  • Certain hairstyles and treatments, like constant tight ponytail or bun
  • Autoimmune disorders like some types of lupus
  • Excessive weight loss
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Thyroid abnormalities like hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism

Symptoms of Hair Loss

The symptoms of hair loss can be different depending on what kind of hair loss you're dealing with, but you'll typically have at least one of the following issues.

  • Gradual hair thinning on top of head
  • Circular or patchy bald spots
  • Excessive shedding of hair
  • Hair loss all over the body
  • Itching and soreness
  • Scalp scarring
  • Eyebrow and eyelash loss
  • Scalp redness and scaliness

No matter what kind of hair disorder you're suffering from, the hair loss specialists at NW Dermatology Institute can give you answers and solutions. Reach out to the team for help now.

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