When it comes to your health and appearance, your hair and nails can make a big difference. If you are experiencing problems with skin and nails, you may benefit from a visit with our dermatologists, Dr. Kraig K. Jenson, Byron Edwards or Dr. Devin Burr.
With lots of experience helping our patients to look and feel their best, we can evaluate the extent of your condition to determine an optimal course of treatment.
Treatment will depend on whether your hair loss began gradually or happened suddenly. We will take into account what medications you are currently taking, whether you have been dieting and whether you have some kind of allergies. These factors will help determine the reason for your hair loss. Our dermatologist will also look at your scalp and hair, and if needed, at the hair on other parts of your body. Assessing this means seeing if you have too much or too little hair in those other areas. Our dermatologist may opt to take a scalp biopsy or have your blood tested. Early hair loss treated early on can make a big difference!
Depending on how much hair you have lost, we may recommend transplanting hair from another area of your scalp, surgically removing the bald spot on the scalp while moving the area with hair closer together or inserting a device under the skin for a few weeks to better stretch the scalp areas with hair.
Did you know that your nails and fingernails reveal a lot about your general health? If your nails are discolored or thick, it can tell us that you have a health problem with your heart, liver or kidneys, or even indicate diabetes. Other symptoms might include the shape of the nail and any swelling around the nails from the skin. bleeding and even pain. Aging can easily leave you with problems with your fingernails or toenails. Along with aging, your nails can be impacted by the following:
- Diseases like skin cancer under the nail
- Medications leaving splinter hemorrhages
- Trauma (leaving white spots, splinter hemorrhages or bacterial infection)
- Chronic illness
- Fungal infections (mainly in the feet)
- Bacterial infections from neglecting your skin, biting your nails, sucking on your fingers or too much exposure to water
- Ingrown toenails from trimming nails incorrectly, bad posture, stomach problems or wearing too-tight shoes
If any of these conditions describe you, we welcome consulting with one of our skilled dermatologists at the Dermatology Center in Orem, Utah, by calling 801-224-5200 today. We look forward to helping you keep your skin and scalp healthy!