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Do redheaded people feel pain more?

  1. katieababy74 profile image61
    katieababy74posted 5 years ago

    Do redheaded people feel pain more?

    I was told by a doctor that people with red hair (Like my daughter's) often have a lower pain threshold and also have more troubles with anesthesia.

  2. jenniferrpovey profile image93
    jenniferrpoveyposted 5 years ago

    That's correct. There have been a number of studies that indicate that redheads feel pain more and require more anesthesia. The same genes that govern pigmentation in the skin also govern some aspects of brain development. In this case, it appears that redheads have a different level of endorphin production from the rest of us.

    However, many redheads end up with a higher *tolerance* for pain...they learn to deal with it better.

  3. katieababy74 profile image61
    katieababy74posted 5 years ago

    That is so interesting thank you Jenniferrpovey

  4. Deepak Chaturvedi profile image73
    Deepak Chaturvediposted 5 years ago

    Not actually redheaded but red haired people feel 10% more pain compare to black and grey.

  5. Patty Inglish, MS profile image93
    Patty Inglish, MSposted 5 years ago

    My hair is red-brown and during preventive medicine research, I had a root canal without anesthetic. Perhaps the combination color helps.

    Despite the recent glut of opposite info in the news, I have read and used research in practice that shows that people with red hair feel less pain than people with other hair colors feel, and my doctors confirm this. But I feel that red haired people's sunburn must hurt much more than dark-haired sunburn, because the darker pigment in the skin is protective. In one study, only women with red hair received relief, or more relief,  from a specific medication, but men with red hair generally did not. http://www.pnas.org/content/100/8/4867.short

    Because other comments show the opposite, then other genetic or environmental factors may be entering into the question, including gender, age, nationality, who is paying for the study (if govt. study, who provides the grant), and others.

  6. Phelcky profile image61
    Phelckyposted 5 years ago

    I don't think it's true! I am a redhead and I can endure more pain than most people I know smile