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Diseases Of Hair And Nails Specialist

Neal Bhatia, MD -  - Dermatologist

Neal Bhatia, MD

Dermatologist located in Kearny Mesa, San Diego, CA

Dr. Bhatia is not only trained to treat diseases of the skin, but also those that effect the hair and nails such as alopecia (hair loss), paronychia (finger nail infection), and onychomycosis (toe nail fungus). These diseases affect millions of people, causing a variety of uncomfortable or embarrassing symptoms. Dr. Bhatia helps patients in the San Diego, CA, area determine the cause of these diseases so he can provide effective treatments to quickly relieve symptoms.

Diseases of Hair and Nails Q & A

What causes hair loss?

The reasons for hair loss are many. When hair loss begins suddenly, the cause may be due to illness, diet, medicine, or childbirth. If hair loss is gradual and becomes more noticeable with each passing year, a person may have hereditary hair loss. Certain hair care practices also can cause noticeable hair loss.

How is hair loss treated?

Just as there are many causes, there are many treatments for hair loss. There are medicines applied to the scalp, laser treatments, hair transplants, scalp reductions, scalp expansion, and scalp flaps.

What kinds of treatments does Dr. Bhatia offer for nail fungus?

There are a variety of treatments for nail fungus including: oral antifungal drugs, medicated nail polish or nail cream, nail removal, and laser treatments.

Can having a manicure or pedicure cause me to develop a nail fungal infection?

Yes. If you get a manicure or pedicure at a nail salon, be sure to ask how and how often the staff disinfects their tools. Tools, such as emery boards and nail clippers, can spread fungal infections from person to person if they are not sanitized.

What are the symptoms of nail fungus?

Visible fungal nail infection signs include:

  • scaling under the nail
  • white or yellow streak on the nail
  • crumbling corner or tip of the nail
  • flaking white areas on the nail’s surface
  • yellow spots at the bottom of the nail
  • loss of the nail

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

As a courtesy to our patients, we will bill your insurance company on your behalf for all covered medical procedures. Please review your specific insurance plan for co-pay, deductible and other benefit information prior to your office visit.

If you have questions about our payment requirements or changes to the insurance plans we accept, please call our office.

Please note - We do not accept Covered California

All patients will be responsible for determining their eligibility status prior to their office visit or upon any changes to their insurance plan. If you are not sure Therapeutics is in your network, please call the number on the back of your insurance card.

***A current insurance card and photo ID are required at your initial visit and upon any changes to your plan.***

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