If you are dealing with hair and scalp problems, you probably heard about the words trichology and trichologist. What do these words mean? How can these help you? Read on to learn more about trichology and trichologists.
What Is Trichology?
Trichology, from the Greek words ‘Trikhos’ (hair) and ‘logy’ (study), is the scientific study of the function and structure of the human hair. It focuses on the diseases or problems of the hair and scalp as well as their treatments.
What Does A Trichologist Do?
A person specialising in Trichology is called a trichologist. This specialist is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of hair and scalp problems such as hair loss, hair breakage, oily scalp, etc. Some trichologists are also trained in providing support and advice to people with hair-related conditions like alopecia and trichotillomania. As they are experts in hair and scalp health, trichologists may also be consulted on how you can keep these body parts in tip top condition.
To make an accurate diagnosis of your condition, the trichologist is going to make a thorough examination of your hair and/or scalp. On top of conducting a physical examination of your hair and/or scalp, the specialist is going to ask you pertinent information such as your full medical history, diet, lifestyle and hair care routine, among others. In some cases, hair analysis may be done to assess the health of the growing hair bulbs or to check for structural damage and presence of lice or fungal infection. It is also not unusual for a trichologist to request blood tests from your GP.
After making a diagnosis, the trichologist is going to recommend the best treatment for your condition. The treatment plan may include the use of topical creams or lotions as well as recommendations about your diet or lifestyle. Advice on how to better cope with your condition may be given, too. Meanwhile, if the trichologist finds out that your problem is brought about by an underlying medical condition, he/she is going to refer you to a GP.
It is important to note that, since trichologists are not medical doctors, they are not allowed to prescribe drugs or perform medical or surgical procedures. This is why if the hair or scalp problem is due to an underlying medical condition, the course of action is to refer the patient to a dermatologist or a doctor equipped to handle the case.
Factors To Consider When Choosing A Trichologist
For accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of your hair and/or scalp problem, ensure that you go to a qualified trichologist – one who is a certified or registered member of a reputable institution and/or association for trichologists. Apart from finishing a legitimate trichology course, these hair and scalp specialists are expected to adhere to the professional code of conduct of the organisation they belong to. Failure to do so would merit sanctions.
It’s also best if your chosen specialist has years of experience handling and treating hair and scalp problems. Having been exposed to various cases already, an experienced trichologist can be trusted to make accurate diagnosis and to recommend effective treatments.
Also, it can be advantageous if the trichologist works alongside a dermatologist. As mentioned earlier, certain cases require the expertise of a medical doctor like a dermatologist. Having a trichologist and a dermatologist working under one clinic can make things more convenient for you. First, you can be certain that your case is going to get immediate attention. You can also expect that all relevant information about your condition is accurately and properly communicated between these specialists. Most importantly, with two specialists working together on your case, you can count on getting expert treatment.
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