By the way, doctor: Have you ever heard of sore hair?

Q. I'm 88. For some time, I've been plagued by "sore hair." My scalp isn't sore — only the tip ends of my hair. My dermatologist says it's a medical problem. My family doctor hasn't a clue. Have you ever heard of this?

A. I don't think the pain could actually be coming from the tips of your hair. Hair is dead protein, not living tissue, so it doesn't have nerve endings.

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