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Does running your hand through your hair, touching it, etc. hurt it?

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No: Not usually unless there is something else in scalp like infection or shingles or temporal arteritis .
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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
No: Unless someone has folliculitis (infection of the hair roots), another infection, shingles, or temporal arteritis, there should be no pain when you touch your hair or stimulate skin under hair area.
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Does hair hurt?: You can't hurt hair by touching it, or even cutting it. Pain can be experienced when hair is pulled out by the roots, though. But otherwise, no. And you can't really damage your hair by touching it or running your fingers through it. Damaged hair comes from a lack of long-term attention to the hair - improper hair care products, lack of vitamins.
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Dr. Rola Rimawi
Internal Medicine 22 years experience
No: No it should not hurt it. Hair follicles drop out and regrow continuously.
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Last updated Nov 26, 2016

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