Trichodynia refers to pain when hair is touched.

Synonym: cutaneous dysesthesia syndrome


Clinical features:

(1) pain in hair or scalp when touched or combed or when wearing a hat

(2) often associated with hair loss

(3) hair-covered skin feels hot or burning and may show erythema


Triggers may include:

(1) chemotherapy

(2) other drugs

(3) viral infection (COVID-19, other)

(4) other causes of perifollicular inflammation

(5) nutritional deficiency

(6) psychiatric disorders, including stress


The pain has been relieved with corticosteroids, propranolol and other drugs.

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