Well I have braids in my hair. One day I just got this pain on the left side of my head. When I touched the spot it was smooth but very sore. It almost feels like fluid is in it but when I look in the mirror it just looks like a bald spot. I asked my husband to take a look at it. He said that it looked as if the hair was pulling in that spot. I told him the braids didn't feel tight as a matter of fact they are ready to come out I have had them in for about three months. I took the braids out around the soar area. It was still painfull. When I bent my head back or touched that area it was very soar. Now I am concerned that it may be something serious. It seems that the quarter shaped bald spot is getting bigger. I can't comb the hair in that area because it is so soar. I don't have a doctor to go to and I don't know if it is serious enough to go to the emergency room. oh yeah, my mother had alopecia about 25 years ago. Should the spot be so soar?

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Jan 15, 2009
Hair Loss with Soreness
by: Seymour M. Weaver, III, M.D.

There are two concerns to sort out related to the difficulty you are experiencing with your scalp.

First of all, the bald spot is suggestive of alopecia areata, but most of the time when this condition appears, there are no symptoms. But, some individuals do get numbness, tingling, irritation or itching in the area the hair loss develops.

Since the soreness you describe is fairly severe, it would be best to see a dermatologist and have a thorough and complete evaluation. Sometimes soreness is a sign of bacterial infection in addition to other possibilities.

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