While most of us associate an itchy scalp with dandruff, or perhaps even the childhood horror of head lice, experts are now warning that in some cases an itchy scalp could be an early indicator of hair loss.
Androgenic alopecia – otherwise known as female or male pattern baldness – is a genetic condition that happens gradually without much in the way of warning signs. However, some other forms of hair loss, such as alopecia areata and telogen effluvium have a much more rapid onset and doctors believe that an itchy scalp could be a predictor of these conditions.
What does an itchy scalp have to do with hair loss?
A tingling, itchy, or burning sensation on the scalp is known medically as paresthesia, and whilst it can have many causes, it can be a symptom of alopecia, known as trichodynia.
Hair loss experts claim that the sensation can be linked to irritated hair follicles, meaning the hair is about to fall out, or can even be as a result of the hair having already been ejected from the follicle.
Whilst a burning sensation on the scalp can also be a result of using certain chemicals or cosmetic products, doctors say this is not a reason not to seek treatment – the tingling is your body’s way of warning you that something isn’t quite right, and that something could be your hair.
What should I do if I’m experiencing an itchy scalp?
The first port of call would be your GP, but it could also be worth visiting a hair loss expert.
A GP can treat any underlying medical condition, which should, of course, be your first priority, but if the itching is associated with a condition that could lead to hair loss, a hair loss expert will be able to help you minimise the impact of the problem and advise you on possible hair loss products.
If you’ve been feeling tingling or burning sensations on your scalp and are concerned it could be hair loss related, why not book a consultation with us today. Call 0121 312 2999 to book a consultation.