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Alison Urey, M.D.


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Are Redheads More Sensitive to Pain?

Posted by Alison Urey, M.D. on Apr 22, 2017 8:36:00 AM

Urban legend has it that redheads feel more pain than the rest of us – and it turns out that may actually be true. 

Doctors have suspected for a while that redheads need more anesthesia, a sign they might be more sensitive to pain. This was proven in a 2004 study that showed carrot tops require an average of 20 percent more general anesthesia than people with dark or blonde hair. 

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