• Scalp tenderness (ouch)

    Asked by Debbie on Sunday, December 30, 2012

    Scalp tenderness (ouch)

    Tomorrow will be 5 weeks post chemo. Starting to get head stubble and it's getting more and more tender. I' m happy to see anything resembling hair (!) but didn't expect it to be a painful experience. Anyone else have this issue? Any helpful advice?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I had a little tenderness when it first fell out but not when it was growing back in. Are you wearing a hat, scarf, wig, etc. that could be irritating now that you have hair growing in? Are you using any type of shampoo or soap that could be causing it?

      over 7 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar

      Yes!!! My scalp was very tender when falling out, and very tender upon its return. I am 8 months post chemo and I still have a little tenderness (hair is about 3 1/2" to 4" long), but is nearly gone. When falling out, the pain was worse and I used tylenol and it seemed to help a little. I switched to a natural shampoo but did not notice any difference. I don't know the cause, but the sensitivity / pain does fade with time.

      over 7 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      I found the new stubble was painful when I laid my head down. I started wearing really soft knit hats to bed. Got better when my hair was a bit longer, maybe within a couple weeks?

      over 7 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I also had some tenderness. I could not tolerate the wig. I had one hat that was made for chemo patients -- it was all fluffy & soft inside and felt so good. Otherwise, I would go hatless at home. Silk pillow cases were a great help. The best cure for me was ---- my sweet hubby would apply hot wash cloths to my head -- then a little of that Nisan Shampoo (supposed to stimulate growth) - and then massage -- it was pure heaven!!!!

      over 7 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar

      Hi, Debbie. My last chemo treatment was in April . My scalp has been tender to the touch, not really painful, since the hair started growing in. I now have a full head of chemo-curls, have had several cuts to even out the kinks, and my scalp is still sensitive around the top of my head. It is getting less so and I expect it to disappear soon. I know you're tired of hearing it, but one more time: be patient :-)

      over 7 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      yes,I had scalp pain when my hair fell out and when it started growing back in. the stubble was stiff and prickly. it was hard to get comfortable especially on my pillow at night. in a few weeks, after it gets a little longer, it will be soft and stop hurting. Happy growing!!

      over 7 years ago
    • mhc's Avatar

      Mine was painful when it fell out. I had sores on my scalp, so I went to a dermatologist who gave me medicine to use. Of course, tylenol helps. I wouldn't wear a wig - just soft scarves, if necessary. The good side to this, is that it is growing back and will only get better!

      over 7 years ago

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