Burning Scalp with Hair Loss - Female in mid 40's
In the past 3 years, I've lost over 50% of my hair. The hair loss is from all over, and in the past year, I've begun to experience a constant burning sensation in the scalp, particularly in areas where there are now baldness. My scalp is not itchy, there is very little to no flakes, but the burning is there and can be quite severe to the point where it is difficult to touch my hair or to even lie down on it to go to sleep. I don't have to do anything, the burning and tenderness is with me every day. The pain is constant. I go to bed with the pain and wake up with the pain. The only relief I get is from putting Ice packs on my head or applying fresh aloe-vera gel directly to my scalp, but, once they are gone, the burning returns.
My Dermatologist prescribed shampoos to treat psoriasis, but, his shampoos makes my scalp a lot more tender and the severity of the burning worse. He also recommended a hair supplement, ANACAPS which I took for 9 months but it never helped. I continue to experience a lot of hair loss everyday. Handfuls of it come out on their own, more from combing and while washing. I use a mild shampoo with aloe vera in it that I got from the health store which helps to keep my scalp flake free but the burning and hair fall continues just the same.
The texture of my hair has gradually changed too. It has become dull and lifeless and tangles easily. Also, where there is baldness, there is no re-growth. I used to cut the ends of my hair once a month, but now, after I cut it, it remains at the same length. I've been wearing my hair with comb over styles to hide the balding areas and I've been getting negative comments and strange stares from people.
None of the women in my family have this problem. I do not drink, smoke, and I don't take any medication. I eat a well balanced diet. I do not drink coffee, sodas or sweetened drinks. I drink mainly water and home made fruit smoothies. Please help.