You should see your dermatologist or the primary health care provider as soon as you feel it is due to an inflammation in the scalp or spontaneously. If you find that a burning sensation is the cause of hair loss, it could be due to seborrheic dermatitis. Oily parts of the skin such as the scalp and facial creases. According to Heather Woolery-Lloyd, MD of the University of Miami Cosmetic Center, there can be many reasons to visit a dermatologist but one needs to be realistic about finding the right solutions for the problem.
Woolery-Lloyd is of the opinion that it is actually the patient’s expectations with regards to the treatment which determines the success of treatment. For example, large pores, stretch marks and cellulite can be treated but they cannot completely get rid of them. But there are some circumstances which necessitate that you consult with a dermatologist. They are –
Stubborn Acne – Your acne should respond to over the counter medications within a month at most. If you find that your acne persists despite the treatment, you may have to consult with a dermatologist to know what is wrong. He would be able to tell you the right sort of treatment for you, based on what is most effective for your skin type and lifestyle.
Screening for Skin Cancer – It is advisable that you get your skin tested for any health concerns. You need to especially particular about an annual check up if you fall in the high risk category, i.e. if you are fair-haired with light eyes and more than 40 moles on the body. Early detection of skin cancer is critical in its successful treatment.
Apart from the regular screenings you should also visit a dermatologist if you notice a change in the shape, size or colour of any of your moles. Your dermatologist would be able to remove the suspect tissue growths and examine it for cancerous development.
Hair loss can occur due to diabetes, metabolic disorders, hormonal problems, osteoporosis, thyroid diseases, cholesterol disorder, menopause, hypertension, lack of growth or cancer of the endocrine gland. Hair loss due to any of these cannot be prevented by a dermatologist.
You should see your general practitioner first and he can direct you towards the appropriate specialist to consult. A dermatologist is necessary only when you have problems specific to skin and related conditions.