What is Trichodynia?

Trichodynia is a condition where the patient experiences a painful sensation on their scalp. The pain sometimes is described as burning. Often there is an underlying psychosomatic cause, such as stress, depression or anxiety.

Only a few studies have been conducted on this condition. A theory behind the condition is that nerves innervating scalp hair follicles send pain messages back to the brain when the follicle no longer has a hair in it, in a similar way to phantom limb pain. Another theory is that people who have this condition (sometimes called "ponytail syndrome") have super-sensitive nerves in their scalp.

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I am suffering from scalp pain for the last three months. My scalp is very tender to touch, with burning and tingling sensation when I...

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Brief Answer:
Scalp dysesthesia is a possibility

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I am dr.kakkar (dermatologist). I have gone...

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painful scalp infection but no superficial symptoms
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I have been experiencing intense pain periodically in my...

doctor1 MD

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Thanks for writing in.

This is an undefined condition that I have come across quite frequently.

Tell me, do you experience more pain when...

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Hi Doctor, Greetings of the day!! Pain in hair roots when i move my hair from one side to another side. Now my age is 28 yrs and not yet...

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Trychodynia ; stress is an important cause

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Hello Sudheera,

I can understand your concern for the Pain in hair roots....

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