Has anyone else suffered from Burning Scalp Syndrome?

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Amy

Goshen, KY

#1 Apr 21, 2011
I have a condition known as Burning scalp Syndrome. The scalp burns and hurts and you experience some hair loss, sometimes quite a bit. Anxiety and depression are two known causes of this. I was wondering if anyone else on here has ever had it and what you did for it? So far, I shampoo my hair in Nioxin and that seems to give a little relief for a while. Thanks! It is very distressing, so I really hope no one else has it.
Leila

Goshen, KY

#2 Apr 21, 2011
Amy wrote:
I have a condition known as Burning scalp Syndrome. The scalp burns and hurts and you experience some hair loss, sometimes quite a bit. Anxiety and depression are two known causes of this. I was wondering if anyone else on here has ever had it and what you did for it? So far, I shampoo my hair in Nioxin and that seems to give a little relief for a while. Thanks! It is very distressing, so I really hope no one else has it.
My friend has it. She is very depressed and also has anxiety--it comes and goes all the time. I think they give corticosteriods (misspelled) for it or you can order them off the internet from Canada. She also has the pain and itching in her face and ears--very painful.
Claude Balls

White Plains, KY

#3 Apr 21, 2011
Michael Jackson had a severe case about 20-25 years ago.
Cindy

Goshen, KY

#4 Apr 21, 2011
OK-CB, you proved your point. I don't think that is the same kind of Burning Scalp Syndrome the topix is referring to though. Michael Jackson had an accident while filming a commercial and this Burning scalp Syndrome thing is caused by anxiety, depression, etc..They are neither one any fun though.
Tanya

Utica, NY

#5 Jul 6, 2011
I have suffered with burning scalp syndrome for a number of years. I finally figured out how to get rid of it. I went on zinc and copper supplements (tests revealed low levels) and it reduced the symptoms by about 60%. Then I added a B complex supplement and the symptoms went away. You should see some relief in a week or so after going on this regimen.

Burning scalp indicates that there is some sort of imbalance on the inside of the body, hormonal, essential fatty acid, or mineral/vitamin deficiency. I would even recommend going on a good quality multivitamin for a while.

Burning scalp syndrome can sometimes be caused by a "shock" to your body, weather it's emotional shock or trauma, drastic change in diet or a lot of weight loss.

I did notice a couple of interesting observations while trying to solve my scalp problem. When I reduced/eliminated wheat and sugar intake, the burning sensation was reduced as well.( I do not have a wheat allergy).
Amy

Goshen, KY

#6 Jul 17, 2011
Thanks so much, Tanya-I will definitely try this. I had to go to the Er last night with these symptoms.They gave me a shot and some meds for itching. I had had a "shock" emotionally to my body and also my diet has been very poor. So, it is most likely caused by both of these things too. I am on a good Multivitamin and will try the two other things you mentioned. This condition is very stressful and also painful.:(
Linda

Ottawa, Canada

#7 Nov 6, 2011
I have been experiencing burning scalp and it seems to have been started when I was under a lot of pressure and when I had my hair dyed. Not sure which one caused it but six months later it has come back. I was on a multi-vitamin but have stopped taking everything right now for fear that I am taking too much of something. I am giving myself a treatment with rosemary and other oils but it is still tingling and there is some thinning of the hair. Could anyone out there recommend something to me, someone that has this condition...

Help in Ottawa
Karl Childers

Spirit Lake, IA

#8 Nov 7, 2011
I went to see the fireworks at eddy bay last summer and a dud rocket back fired and landed right on top of my head. Smelled like feathers burning, and my hair still haint growed back. Thinkin about suing peoples republik of china for bad firworks.
Lara

North Bay, Canada

#9 May 24, 2012
I am going through such terrible burning pain with my scalp and each time it comes back I lose more hair. This causes me more anxiety, so it's a vicious circle. Doctors tell me it is from acute anxiety, but I'm not 100% convinced about this because sometimes it doesn't happen when I'm anxious. I can't take another day of this. Can anyone help me?, please!!!!
SJA

Murfreesboro, TN

#10 Aug 4, 2012
Mine is triggered by tooth problems. Clindamycin (an antibiotic) always stops the burning. Once the underlying tooth issue is resolved - the burning completely goes away.
knows

Dover, TN

#11 Aug 4, 2012
C.B. Also known as Lucas Fralix is really smart hehehe
kiki

Ilchester, UK

#13 Oct 21, 2012
I have also suffered with this, and lost a lot of hair,..it started around the time of my marriage break up...my scalp burned and felt sticky and hair fell out...over the last 4 years it gradually improved a bit but not enough for me to be really happy with it...and by chance, after another another break up which resulted in me taking tablets for anxiety and depression it all stopped and at last it is growing back..and im really pleased.....unfortunately i cant stop the tablets or it starts back up every time....im happy and not stressed anymore so i dont understand why i need them so i have started to look at vitamin deficiency as a cause...vitamin d particularly as id like to stop the antidepressants.....hope this helps someone
Poor little gurl

Oak Grove, KY

#14 Oct 23, 2012
Omg this must be what scabby jones has.
Paul

Brainerd, MN

#15 Jan 12, 2013
I had it too! The most miserable thing I've ever experienced! As a Chiropractor, I was determined to study and try to figure it out. In Eastern Medicine, the scalp is related to the functioning of the liver and adrenal glands. The liver is a filter, which filters the blood and manufactures many chemicals. The adrenals are your stress glands. They get fatigued from prolonged stress, both emotional and chemical.

I'll start with the liver. Vitamins that we take today are hundreds of times more potent than what the RDA recomends. Many thousands of times more powerful than nature provides from food. All the excess has to be filtered by the liver and is very hard on it. I used to be a firm believer in vitamins, but through the process of elimination, I found that they were mostly the cause of my BSS. Every time I would stop, my scalp got better. Then, I would take them again, and the burning returned. I would also like to caution you on taking mineral supplements, especially Cal-Mag tablets. Your body has a need to a maintain specific balance, especially ph. This is the acid-alkaline-yin yang. This is called homeostasis. If you took an overdose of antacids, or epsom salts, you could die, and taking mineral supplements, in my opinion is very dangerous for the wrong people. I believe that certain people are vulnerable to this. I had a hair analysis which told me that my calcium and magnesium were very high, off the chart high. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including stress and emotional pain.

The adrenals require large amounts of vit. C and pantothenic acid, which are actually stored in the glands themselves. Taking mineral supplements will exhaust your acid reserves in the body, and your body will use whatever acid available, including stored acids like vit.C and Pantothenic acid in the adrenals. It just flushes it out. Sodium is also required by the adrenals for proper funcion. Juicing a lot of Green drinks which are high in alkaline minerals and potasium will leave your adrenal exhaused too by messing up the sodium/potassium balance.

So my advice, everything in moderation. Stop taking any supplements, no juicing and take large amounts of Vit C to feed your adrenals and help acidify your system. Tune into your body, and keep a journal of what you eat and relate it to how your scalp feels. Good luck!!
Paul

Brainerd, MN

#16 Jan 12, 2013
Forgot to mention, when your body is too alkaline or your adrenals a exhaused, you can get severe anxiety and depression. I took a powdered calcium supplement that fizzed when you mixed it with water, once that caused my scalp to become 100 times worse, and developed severe anxiety and heart pounding.
Eddie dickerson

United States

#17 Jan 13, 2013
I been itching between my legs, what kind of shit y'all got going around over there?
Lara

North Bay, Canada

#18 Jan 13, 2013
I have had burning scalp on and off for 2 years now. I recently went to a specialists and he told me that sometimes we can imagine the pain to be worse than it really is. I was so upset as this pain is very intense and my hair is falling out. When I apply ice wrapped in a facecloth, the facecloth in minutes becomes very hot. I am feeling so down and depressed right now and feel I have no one who understands. I do have acute anxiety, so when I see my hair fall out in clumps, I get more anxious and more hair falls out. It's a vicious cycle. I have to go back to the top of this page and read suggestions but I am feeling the lowest of the low right now. Thanks for listening!!!
Lara

North Bay, Canada

#19 Jan 13, 2013
Tanya wrote:
I have suffered with burning scalp syndrome for a number of years. I finally figured out how to get rid of it. I went on zinc and copper supplements (tests revealed low levels) and it reduced the symptoms by about 60%. Then I added a B complex supplement and the symptoms went away. You should see some relief in a week or so after going on this regimen.
Burning scalp indicates that there is some sort of imbalance on the inside of the body, hormonal, essential fatty acid, or mineral/vitamin deficiency. I would even recommend going on a good quality multivitamin for a while.
Burning scalp syndrome can sometimes be caused by a "shock" to your body, weather it's emotional shock or trauma, drastic change in diet or a lot of weight loss.
I did notice a couple of interesting observations while trying to solve my scalp problem. When I reduced/eliminated wheat and sugar intake, the burning sensation was reduced as well.( I do not have a wheat allergy).
Your description comes very close to what I am experiencing, but you didn't mention hair loss. My hair is coming out at an incredible speed when I have this pain.
Lara

North Bay, Canada

#20 Jan 13, 2013
Paul wrote:
I had it too! The most miserable thing I've ever experienced! As a Chiropractor, I was determined to study and try to figure it out. In Eastern Medicine, the scalp is related to the functioning of the liver and adrenal glands. The liver is a filter, which filters the blood and manufactures many chemicals. The adrenals are your stress glands. They get fatigued from prolonged stress, both emotional and chemical.
I'll start with the liver. Vitamins that we take today are hundreds of times more potent than what the RDA recomends. Many thousands of times more powerful than nature provides from food. All the excess has to be filtered by the liver and is very hard on it. I used to be a firm believer in vitamins, but through the process of elimination, I found that they were mostly the cause of my BSS. Every time I would stop, my scalp got better. Then, I would take them again, and the burning returned. I would also like to caution you on taking mineral supplements, especially Cal-Mag tablets. Your body has a need to a maintain specific balance, especially ph. This is the acid-alkaline-yin yang. This is called homeostasis. If you took an overdose of antacids, or epsom salts, you could die, and taking mineral supplements, in my opinion is very dangerous for the wrong people. I believe that certain people are vulnerable to this. I had a hair analysis which told me that my calcium and magnesium were very high, off the chart high. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including stress and emotional pain.
The adrenals require large amounts of vit. C and pantothenic acid, which are actually stored in the glands themselves. Taking mineral supplements will exhaust your acid reserves in the body, and your body will use whatever acid available, including stored acids like vit.C and Pantothenic acid in the adrenals. It just flushes it out. Sodium is also required by the adrenals for proper funcion. Juicing a lot of Green drinks which are high in alkaline minerals and potasium will leave your adrenal exhaused too by messing up the sodium/potassium balance.
So my advice, everything in moderation. Stop taking any supplements, no juicing and take large amounts of Vit C to feed your adrenals and help acidify your system. Tune into your body, and keep a journal of what you eat and relate it to how your scalp feels. Good luck!!
Thank you for your explanation. After reading it, it makes sense to me and I will try your suggestions. I have high amounts of anxiety and this seems to trigger the burning and falling out of hair. It's really a scary thing to see large clumps of hair in your hand after showering. This of course leads to high anxiety depression - both of which I have enough for 100 people. I appreciate your help, very, very much!!!
Sherri

Winston Salem, NC

#21 Jan 13, 2013
Lara wrote:
I have had burning scalp on and off for 2 years now. I recently went to a specialists and he told me that sometimes we can imagine the pain to be worse than it really is. I was so upset as this pain is very intense and my hair is falling out. When I apply ice wrapped in a facecloth, the facecloth in minutes becomes very hot. I am feeling so down and depressed right now and feel I have no one who understands. I do have acute anxiety, so when I see my hair fall out in clumps, I get more anxious and more hair falls out. It's a vicious cycle. I have to go back to the top of this page and read suggestions but I am feeling the lowest of the low right now. Thanks for listening!!!
I am distraught with what i think is burning scalp syndrome, but after seeing every type of doctor who could possibly diagnose and treat my symptoms, i have lost hope. No one has any viable answers. I pray for help, as the burning and hair breakage get more and more unbearable. It is painful, feels like a sunburn, and i fear eventual baldness. I have always had very healthy, thick "good" hair. I wonder if this is neurological. Stress makes it worse, but stress makes EVERYTHING in life worse. If anyone has any ideas that really help, or if anyone has been to Mayo Clinic for this, I would appreciate their thoughts. I think Mayo is generally very good with unusual diagnoses.

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