How are hair disorders diagnosed?

Your doctor will, first and foremost, examine the area of hair growth or hair loss as a way to diagnose your condition. He or she will likely ask about medications you take and your allergies. A blood test may be run to determine what might be causing your hair disorder. You will want to discuss your family medical history with your doctor as this may help him determine what is causing your condition. With some hair loss, a sample of hair may be taken and looked at under a microscope. A biopsy of the scalp may also be taken. Ultrasound and computerized tomography (CT) scans are more in depth ways to determine a diagnosis.

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