While less hair is often the only sign of hair loss, some people develop symptoms and other signs. You may have hair loss along with:
- Burning or stinging before sudden hair loss - Some people who have alopecia areata experience this.
- Intense itching, burning, and tenderness where you have hair loss - If these occur, it’s possible that you have an infection.
- Scaly bald patches, often with sores or blisters that open and ooze pus - This often means you have a fungal infection on your scalp.
- Redness, swelling, and sores that may itch and leak pus - A condition called folliculitis decalvans can cause this.
- Scaly patches of psoriasis on your scalp - Most people who have psoriasis get it on their scalp at some time, and this can cause temporary hair loss.