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Dear Anon,

I'm not sure if you are concerned about pulling out your hair with no pain or if this is caused due to the lack of effort in pulling and still losing hair? Are you concerned that you may not have pain receptors on certain places such as your scalp? If so, try taking the sharp part of a paperclip and gently tapping it on your skin, you should feel a sharp sensation. If the lack of pain only occurs when you pull on a string of hair, I think it's completely normal. We lose hundreds of hair every day and never even realize it.

To be honest, I'm a little more concerned as to why you're pulling your hair to the follicle? Was this something that happened one day and you realized that you were losing more hair than you should be?

If your hair is falling out in chunks with little to no effort on your behalf, then unless you've just had a baby (an unfortunate post-partum effect) you should have your doctor check your thyroid levels or better yet do a complete blood count to ensure that everything is okay. Sometimes we have periods where we lose more hair than others but it's always good to get this checked out to make sure it's not being caused by something else.

Please let me know if I have answered your question(s).

February 5, 2010 - 9:29am


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