Hair loss often occurs without any discomfort however some of us can experience different sensations when we lose hair. As such it is hard to define what is ‘normal’. If you experience discomfort at the point of losing hair, such as feelings of itchiness, soreness, burning or aching, you are certainly not alone.

When hair loss occurs, there is inflammation around the hair follicles. It is this inflammation that can cause discomfort. Some people with alopecia report similar sensations when their hair is growing back.

Taking anti-inflammatories (such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen) or antihistamines (such as Piriton) might help to ease symptoms. Applying a cold or warm compress to the affected areas can also provide some relief.  Discuss your symptoms with your GP and/or dermatologist as some physical symptoms are more typical of particular types of alopecia so it is helpful for your doctor to fully understand what symptoms you are experiencing.