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What causes sensitivity in the scalp?

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My scalp has been sensitive to the touch for 2 months. No rash, sores or headaches. Had 35 ECT sessions a few years ago. Could sensitive scalp be related to any brain problem? XXXXXXX
Sat, 3 Mar 2018 in Skin Hair and Nails
Answered by Dr. Ornela Ademovi 4 hours later
Brief Answer:
Stress or hair wash routine

Detailed Answer:

I understand your concern. First of all, let me reassure you that sensitive scalp has nothing to do with a brain problem. This is a very common condition and is either due to increased stress and anxiety or not washing your hair frequently, which leads to dead skin and oil build up around hair follicles causing inflammation of the scalp. Hence the sensitivity and pain upon touching your hair.
Another reason maybe your hair style. Keeping your hair in a ponytail or braids or a bun may also irritate the scalp.
I recommend you wash your hair every other day with a mild shampoo and massage your scalp with your finger tips while in the shower. If stress is the reason, frequent showers and relaxation techniques can greatly help.

I hope this answers your question. Let me know if I you have further questions.
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