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Why Does It Feel Good To Scratch An Itch?  
User currently offlineBananaBoY From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1581 posts, RR: 22
Posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 5682 times:

Simple question really.


Is there a simple answer?


Mark


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User currently offlineFlyingbabydoc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 5667 times:

Quoting BananaBoY (Thread starter):
Is there a simple answer?

Yes. You stimulate tactile receptors in the skin which in turn override the "itching" sensation neurons in the spinal cord, promoting relief of the "bad" sensation and informing the body that the possible injury (perceived as an itch) has been removed.

That is the same principle applied when you decrease the pain from an injury by rubbing it.

Alex


User currently offlineMatt72033 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1617 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 5641 times:

Quoting Flyingbabydoc (Reply 1):
Yes. You stimulate tactile receptors in the skin which in turn override the "itching" sensation neurons in the spinal cord, promoting relief of the "bad" sensation and informing the body that the possible injury (perceived as an itch) has been removed.

That is the same principle applied when you decrease the pain from an injury by rubbing it

how come when you scratch a mosquito bite or a rash it itches even more?


User currently offlineFutureUALpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2605 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 5632 times:

Quoting Matt72033 (Reply 2):

how come when you scratch a mosquito bite or a rash it itches even more?

Probably because it irritates the bite, or spreads the rash around. Just my guess, perhaps somebody can confirm or correct me.

[Edited 2006-03-29 17:46:55]


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User currently offlineMatt72033 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1617 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5617 times:

Quoting FutureUALpilot (Reply 3):
Probably because it irritates the bite, or spreads the rash around. Just my guess, perhaps somebody can confirm or correct me.

makes sense! Big grin


User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 5593 times:

I sometimes scratch my balls in public. Is this common? Big grin

User currently offlineCosec59 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 5593 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 5):
sometimes scratch my balls in public. Is this common?

What? Someone scratching YOUR balls in public?  crazy 


User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3771 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 5593 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 5):
I sometimes scratch my balls in public. Is this common?

Only if you're secretly Scottish.

Cheers
Mats



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User currently offlineMatt72033 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1617 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 5573 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 5):
Is this common?

well it certainly makes you look common!


User currently offlineCosec59 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 5569 times:

I just scratch my balls whilst driving at 125mph on the M25

Signed
Matt72033
 Wink  Wow!


User currently offlineMatt72033 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1617 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 5566 times:

Quoting Cosec59 (Reply 9):
I just scratch my balls whilst driving at 125mph on the M25

i suppose that makes me a bad driver right?  Silly


User currently offlineJetflyer From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 5546 times:

Because it relieves you. Like picking your nose or having a good shit.

[Edited 2006-03-29 20:10:19]

User currently offlineRaffik From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 1717 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5488 times:

Scratching is the natural reaction to itching and it generally provides instant relief, but not necessarily long-lasting relief. Very often the itch will go away with or without any scratching. Your nose itches, or your scalp, or your foot. For many everyday itches, a little scratch is just what is called for. Scratching excites the pain neurons and masks the itching sensation.

Regardless of the cause of your itching, a little scratch might solve the problem. If that doesn't work, you might try a cool compress, a moisturizer, or over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams or antihistamines. (Be sure you read all labels carefully and follow directions.)



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