What is Trichology?

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Have you ever found yourself facing hair loss or scalp problems, and feeling pretty devastated as you tried to cope alone? I know I have, and in this situation the fear of the unknown can cause so much worry. Sometimes it’s difficult to know which way to turn. Luckily there are people that specialise in hair and scalp problems, otherwise known as Trichologists. In health and disease, Trichology issues can range from the loss or thinning of hair, oily or flaky scalps, to hair that is in a poor condition. Whatever your individual needs, these can be treated, and an experienced Trichologist will listen, be totally empathetic, and make sure they work with you to help alleviate your fears.
What is Trichology

It’s really important that you exercise caution with who you consult though. Ideally they should be a member of The Institute of Trichologists and Royal Society of Medicine. That way you can guarantee you’re getting advice and guidance from a qualified professional, such as Shuna Hammocks from Sussex Trichology. After 14 years of experience in Trichology, Shuna knows how crucial it is that treatments are as individual and unique as the patient themselves. It’s essential that all care and advice is tailored with the persons condition, medical history and lifestyle in mind.

So once you’ve found a great Trichologist, and you know they’re professionally trained and approved, what happens next? Well, firstly you would probably have a meeting with your Trichologist, which would involve a consultation, that typically lasts around an hour. During this time, topics such as diet, lifestyle, medication taken, hair care, stress levels, and your general health will be discussed. Following that the hair and scalp will be examined to make sure that the condition is diagnosed correctly. Once you have your diagnosis, further treatment can be given in the clinic, which might include the use of a steamer or therapy lamps, a scalp and neck massage and the application of creams. You’ll also be instructed on how to self-treat at home, and you might be prescribed products specifically for your condition too. Sometimes a blood test might be required, which will be analysed in a laboratory. For patients visiting Sussex Trichology this isn’t a problem, as Shuna is also a qualified Phlebotomist, and results are usually back within a few days.

Although hair loss and scalp problems really can seem like the end of the world, it’s comforting to know that most can be treated. If you are someone that’s suffering with hair loss, or a scalp problem, I hope this post has helped.

 
Please feel free to leave your comments in the box below. Shuna has kindly agreed to answer any questions you have. You can also find out more information on the Sussex Trichology website here, and their Facebook page and Twitter account.

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