Hair loss is a condition that is usually evaluated and treated in a dermatologist’s office. It can have many causes including hormonal changes, a recent history of a severe illness, a recent history of surgery, inherited factors and infections. The hair on the scalp usually reflects the overall health of a person, and hair loss evaluations usually include a thorough history of the illness, an examination of the patient and lab work. Many hair loss conditions can be effectively treated if the patient is appropriately evaluated and a specific treatment plan is developed to address that particular patient’s problem. Treatments can include topical creams or solutions, oral medications and light treatments.