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Does scratching an itch on your head cause permanent hair damage to the follicle there for causing permanent hair loss?

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology
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In brief: Everybody scratches

Long-term compulsive excoriation of an area of the scalp will cause permanent, scarring hair loss in that area.
Ordinary scratching will not do this.

In brief: Everybody scratches

Long-term compulsive excoriation of an area of the scalp will cause permanent, scarring hair loss in that area.
Ordinary scratching will not do this.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Genetics cause permanent hair loss.
If you are scratching and getting hair to break / fall off, then you may have a dermatological condition that needs exam and treatment (your Dr or a Dermatologist), but should grow back once resolved.

In brief: No

Genetics cause permanent hair loss.
If you are scratching and getting hair to break / fall off, then you may have a dermatological condition that needs exam and treatment (your Dr or a Dermatologist), but should grow back once resolved.
Dr. Donald Alves
Dr. Donald Alves
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Some people have a neurotic compulsion to vigorously rub a local area of scalp resulting in a scar with permanent hair loss there. Look it up. You will find that it is well described and not rare.
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