At Your Appointment

Hair Loss Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • What other medical conditions do you have? Have you recently had surgery?
  • What medications do you take, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, and supplements?
  • What shampoos and other products do you use on your hair?
  • Do you have any allergies?
  • Have you tried any over-the-counter treatments? How well did they work?
  • Describe your hair loss. Is it excessive shedding or are you also noticing breakage and poor growth?
  • When did you first notice you were losing hair?
  • Is your hair loss in one area or all over your head?
  • Are you experiencing hair loss in any other areas, such as your eyebrows or body?
  • Has your hair loss been a constant problem or does it come and go?
  • Do you have family members who also have hair loss?
  • Are you having any side effects from your hair loss treatment?
  • What treatments have you tried so far?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What is the most likely cause of my hair loss?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my hair loss?
  • How do you diagnose the cause of hair loss?
  • Will my hair regrow or is my hair loss likely permanent?
  • What should I do if my hair loss does not improve or gets worse?
  • What is the best hair loss treatment for me?
  • What are the side effects of the treatment you are recommending?
  • How long is it safe to use this treatment? Can I ever stop using it?
  • When can I expect my hair loss to improve?
  • How should I care for my hair and scalp? Are there products I should avoid?
  • Am I a candidate for hair transplant surgery?
  • Could another medication do a better job of controlling my hair loss?
  • Are my new or different symptoms related to my hair loss?
  • What is the best treatment plan for my hair loss?
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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2019 Feb 22
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  1. Hair Loss. American Academy of Dermatology. https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/hair-and-scalp-problems/hair-loss
  2. Hair Loss. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hair-loss/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20372932