Trying to figure out if you have CCCA or that your symptoms are normal?
You’re in the right place.
Today’s article is going to cover some of the main symptoms of central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia that you should look out for.
These symptoms are also involved with other hair loss conditions, so it’s always recommended to get the opinion of a medical professional to confirm that you have CCCA.
Make sure to read our article on CCCA home remedies, too.
However, let’s get into it without further ado.
What are the symptoms of central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia?
The following are some of the main reported symptoms that people with CCCA experience. They either happen individually or in combination with one another.
1. Hair loss typically starting in the center of the scalp
CCCA involves losing hair in the center of the scalp first and it gradually moves outward to the sides, front, and back.
There are many reasons it’s believed this happens with one being that African American’s tend to wear tight hairstyles pulling at the scalp. Furthermore, genetics plays a large role in all types of hair loss so that’s another reason.
If you notice that hair fall and thinning are beginning at the center of your scalp and moving outward, this could very well be CCCA.
2. Itchy scalp
Another commonly reported symptom of CCCA is having an itchy scalp. The itchiness tends to happen where the hair loss is happening, thus it typically occurs in the center of the scalp.
Itchiness of the scalp can be minimized by using a hair moisturizing product. Some are gels, creams, or sprays which can be applied directly and safely to hair.
Furthermore, you may want to consider using less products like hair spray, gel, etc as it can strip the scalp of its natural moisture and oils.
3. Burning sensations
Similar to itching, some individuals experiencing CCCA feel burning sensations on their scalp. This may or may not be accompanied by redness in areas where the burning is happening.
If you notice that your scalp is burning, applying a moisturizing product similar to as if your scalp is itchy can provide relief.
Most of the common CCCA symptoms also occur with a tenderness of the scalp. It will be slightly painful and sore to touch it in these cases. Applying ice wrapped up in a cloth or a similar product made for reducing swelling will help in most cases.
Last but not least, the last central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia symptom I’d like to touch on is a tingling sensation or “pins and needles” as some describe it.
Tingling can feel like a mixture of numbing, stinging, and prickling in combination or individually.
Wrapping up CCCA symptoms
CCCA has many different symptoms depending on your individual case and there steps you can take today to reduce and prevent them.
In some cases, moisturizing products will help relieve itchiness, tenderness, and burning. Applying an icepack can also be helpful here.
These activities have been shown to be effective at stopping hair loss and can be done during downtime. They don’t take much time or energy to pursue which makes them very cost effective.
Furthermore, your diet plays a huge role in overall hair health. So, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that vitamins and minerals are needed to improve CCCA. These include collagen, biotin, iron, magnesium, and vitamin D.