The Woodlands Dermatologist FAQ: Hair and Scalp Problems
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Hair and Scalp

Many people experience hair or scalp problems such as hair that is thinning or falling out, breaking off, or growing slowly. It can be uncomfortable to have dandruff or an itching or peeling scalp.

Reger Vein and Skin Specialists, led by Dr. Gregg Reger, provides advanced medical spa treatments to patients in Spring, TX, The Woodlands, and surrounding communities.

Alopecia Areata

The meaning of alopecia is hair loss. In this medical condition, the hair falls out in round patches. The hair on the scalp and other areas of the body falls out.

Alopecia areata can lead to different kinds of hair loss, and each one has a distinct name:

  • Alopecia areata (hair loss in patches).
  • Alopecia totalis (loss of all hair on the scalp).
  • Alopecia universalis (loss of all hair on the body).

This condition commonly develops in people who are otherwise healthy.


Dandruff is a common scalp condition, which causes tiny pieces of dry skin to flake off the scalp. In case a person has dark hair or is wearing dark colors, they may notice the flakes in their hair or on their shoulders. In addition, dandruff can also cause an itchy scalp.

Many people mistakenly believe that dandruff occurs due to poor hygiene. While infrequent shampooing can make dandruff more visible, researchers are still studying the reasons for it, which seem to be complex.

The use of a dandruff shampoo as well as scalp treatments, can effectively treat and control dandruff.

The itching and flaking that looks like dandruff is sometimes actually a medical issue, such as psoriasis, fungal infections of the scalp, seborrheic dermatitis, or eczema.

A person who experiences symptoms despite using a dandruff shampoo should consult a board certified dermatologist.

Hair Loss

If a person sees bald patches or experiences significant hair thinning, they may be experiencing hair loss.

Hair loss occurs due to various reasons. Women may experience hair loss after childbirth. Individuals who are under a lot of stress can experience visible hair loss. Hair loss can also occur due to certain diseases and medical treatments.

Hereditary hair loss is the most common reason for hair loss. Around 80 million people in the US experience this form of hair loss.

Fortunately, a majority of the causes of hair loss can be treated or stopped. People who are unhappy about hair loss should consult a dermatologist as these doctors are specialists in skin, hair, and nails.

Scalp Psoriasis

Psoriasis can develop in any area on the skin. When it develops on the scalp, it is known as scalp psoriasis.

Scalp psoriasis can extend to areas beyond the scamp, such as the forehead, back of the neck, or behind the ears. Psoriasis on the scalp may require different treatment as the scalp skin is thicker and hair can get in the way as well.

Scalp psoriasis can be a stubborn condition, and patients may need to consult a dermatologist for treatment. In the treatment of scalp psoriasis, the following may be beneficial:

  • Medicated shampoos
  • Medicine applied to the scalp
  • Injections
  • Scale softeners
  • Light treatments
  • Biologics and other medicines that work throughout the body

Reger Vein and Skin Specialists receives patients from Spring, TX, The Woodlands, and nearby areas for safe and proven medical spa treatments.

For More Information contact Reger Vein and Skin Specialists in The Woodlands, TX

For more information on procedures and treatments offered by Board Certified Phlebologist Dr. Gregg Reger at Reger Vein and Skin Specialists please call 832-585-0090 or click here to contact our team. Helping patients in Houston, The Woodlands, Springs, Katy and other surrounding areas of Texas.