Name: Mrs. Lister
Question: I have thinning hair all over my head mostly underneath at the sides and my scalp burns and itches at the same time but you can’t see anything wrong no redness or dandruff and the feeling never goes away. My hair loss seems to be normal but at times it comes out quite a lot.
My mum’s and my sister’s hair have gone thin but they don’t have the irritation of the scalp. When I feel my scalp I can feel some hair re-growth. I have used Rogaine for about 14 months but stopped last August because I didn’t think it was working and my hair didn’t seem to get any thicker. Please can you advise? I am really at my wits end with the situation.
Answer: It sounds to me that your hair loss has been going on for some time but please rest assured that your condition can still be stabilised, managed and hopefully reversed.
Female pattern hair loss is the most likely diagnosis. This is a genetic condition and could explain why your mother and sister are also experiencing thinning hair. It’s difficult to be sure however without conducting a proper diagnosis – it could be chronic telogen effluvium.
Telogen effluvium is a reactive type of hair loss caused by a metabolic or hormonal stress or by medications. Generally, the hair recovers within about six months after the cause has been addressed, but you could be suffering from a more chronic version for a number of reasons.
The burning and itching sensations you described could be attributed to scalp dysesthesia. It typically accompanies hair loss and is often triggered or exacerbated by psychological or physical stress.
So we can best determine and treat your type of hair loss, I’d urge you to come and see us. Please call 020 7730 6666 or email us to book a free appointment or if you’re unable to visit the centre, there is also an online diagnostic form available. The information that you provide will allow us to assess your condition and then recommend a suitable treatment course. A photo will also help to confirm the area of hair loss and the severity.