Hair Or Nail Conditions Specialist

David B. Shanker, MD -  - Dermatologist

David B. Shanker, MD

Dermatologist located in The Loop, Chicago, IL

Medical dermatology includes not only help for skin problems, but also for hair and nail problems. If you’re dealing with issues like hair loss, scalp issues, fungal nails, or other problems, you can count on medical dermatologist David B. Shanker, MD, in the Chicago Loop for the help you need. Use online scheduling now or call the office to book your appointment.

Hair or Nail Conditions Q & A

What causes hair loss?

Hair loss can affect both men and women, and it can be both frustrating and embarrassing. There are many possible causes of hair loss, and Dr. Shanker performs complete scalp and hair exams to discover the origin of your hair loss.

Dr. Shanker may also check hair growth in other parts of your body to determine whether it affects only your scalp. In some cases, Dr. Shanker may do a scalp biopsy or a blood test to find out the reasons for your hair loss.

Your hair loss may be connected to pregnancy, heredity, thyroid disease, iron deficiency, psoriasis, or many other things. Once Dr. Shanker finds the cause of your hair loss, he can create a personalized treatment.

What is the treatment for hair loss?

Hair loss treatment varies considerably, based on its cause. Your treatment may include some or several of the following.

  • Prescription medication: Finasteride® oral medication to stimulate new hair growth

  • Corticosteroids: corticosteroids injected directly in your scalp
  • Topical solutions: topical solutions like Rogaine® can stimulate new hair growth

Surgical treatment options for hair loss can include hair transplants, scalp expansion, or replacing a section of bald scalp with one that has hair. If your hair loss is caused by a condition like psoriasis, Dr. Shanker will treat your psoriasis first, and this can alleviate your hair loss problem.

What are some common nail problems?

Your dermatologist can help with many different nail problems, including:

  • White spots
  • Hemorrhages below your nail
  • Ingrown nails
  • Nail fungus
  • Nail infections
  • Pitting or discoloration due to psoriasis
  • Warts around or below the nails

Nail problems can be uncomfortable or even painful. Sometimes, nail problems can spread from one nail to the others, too.

What is the treatment for nail problems?

The treatment for your nail problems depends on the origin of your issue and your symptoms. If you have an underlying condition such as psoriasis, Dr. Shanker will treat the condition first, and this often alleviates your nail issues.

If you have an infection or a nail fungus, you may need oral medication, topical medication, or a combination of both. If you have an ingrown nail, you may need surgical removal, which Dr. Shanker can do on-site. Dr. Shanker will personalize a nail treatment to help you avoid chronic issues.

Use online scheduling or call David B. Shanker, MD, for help with hair or nail problems of any kind now.