Burning Scalp Syndrome and Stress

March 21, 2019 — by Robert True
Tags: Burning Scalp Syndrome Hair Loss

Holding a tuft of hair that's been shedDr. Robert H. True and Dr. Robert J. Dorin offer the latest hair loss treatment and restoration surgery options. The team at True & Dorin Medical Group goes beyond that, however. We know that hair loss has many contributing factors, and that addressing these can improve the outcomes of hair restoration procedures.

Our team can help treat burning scalp syndrome, for instance, which is a condition that has been linked to scalp irritation and hair loss. Our New York, NY hair transplant surgeons consider the basics of burning scalp syndrome, its link to stress and anxiety, and what can be done for treatment.

About Burning Scalp Syndrome

Also known as trichodynia and scalp dysethesia, burning scalp syndrome often affects people suffering from hair loss conditions, such as androgenetic alopecia (natural balding or thinning) and telogen effluvium (hair loss associated with shock or stress to the system).

The exact cause of the condition is still unknown, though researchers are identifying some associated conditions and triggers for the condition.

Signs and Symptoms of Burning Scalp Syndrome

The most common signs and symptoms of burning scalp syndrome include:

  • Burning sensation of the scalp
  • Itchiness of the scalp
  • Prickling sensation on the scalp
  • Painful or irritated scalp
  • Redness of the scalp
  • Increased hair loss
  • Higher rate of hair shedding

How Stress Is Related to Burning Scalp Syndrome

Conditions such as stress, anxiety, and depression have often been linked to burning scalp syndrome. In the case of stress, bouts of severe worry or stress to your body after a traumatic event can increase the chances of both burning scalp syndrome on its own as well as burning scalp syndrome associated with telogen effluvium.

Truly, the effects of stress on the body can be unpredictable. That is why it’s so important to manage stress levels and improve your lifestyle choices in order to promote wellness.

Consider Stress Management Techniques

One way to treat and help alleviate burning scalp syndrome is to work on stress management techniques. This might include getting more exercise, going for walks, yoga, stretching, meditation, or simply getting more sleep each night. In all of these cases, stress relief can help you feel more focused and relaxed, which can in turn reduce the severity of burning scalp syndrome symptoms.

Additional Treatments for Burning Scalp Syndrome

In addition to stress management techniques, other treatments may be considered for burning scalp syndrome. Using shampoos with moisturizer has helped some patients; the use of lotions for the scalp can also help relieve discomfort.

Patients who suffer from burning scalp syndrome may want to consider a new hairstyle. Hairstyles in which the scalp isn’t pulled tight are ideal since there is less strain and stress on the skin of the scalp.

Some patients find that improving their intake of protein and vitamin D helps manage their burning scalp syndrome symptoms. A good diet with regular exercise can promote good overall wellness, not just a healthy scalp and hair.

A Multi-Faceted Approach to Alleviating Burning Scalp Syndrome

By taking a multi-faceted approach to burning scalp syndrome, we can help men and women suffering from the condition experience great health overall. We encourage you to visit our practice if you have had issued with scalp itchiness or discomfort. Our team will help you achieve relief.

Learn More About Burning Scalp Syndrome

For more information about burning scalp syndrome and other issues that can affect the health of your scalp, be sure to contact an experienced hair restoration surgeon. The team at True & Dorin Medical Group is here to help. You can reach our office by phone at (866) 629-0866.