bananaboy
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Why Does It Feel Good To Scratch An Itch?

Thu Mar 30, 2006 12:41 am

Simple question really.


Is there a simple answer?


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RE: Why Does It Feel Good To Scratch An Itch?

Thu Mar 30, 2006 1:02 am

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.

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RE: Why Does It Feel Good To Scratch An Itch?

Thu Mar 30, 2006 1:38 am

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?
 
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RE: Why Does It Feel Good To Scratch An Itch?

Thu Mar 30, 2006 1:44 am

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.

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RE: Why Does It Feel Good To Scratch An Itch?

Thu Mar 30, 2006 1:56 am

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
 
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RE: Why Does It Feel Good To Scratch An Itch?

Thu Mar 30, 2006 2:57 am

I sometimes scratch my balls in public. Is this common? Big grin
 
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RE: Why Does It Feel Good To Scratch An Itch?

Thu Mar 30, 2006 2:58 am

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

What? Someone scratching YOUR balls in public?  crazy 
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RE: Why Does It Feel Good To Scratch An Itch?

Thu Mar 30, 2006 2:59 am

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

Only if you're secretly Scottish.

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RE: Why Does It Feel Good To Scratch An Itch?

Thu Mar 30, 2006 3:25 am

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

well it certainly makes you look common!
 
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RE: Why Does It Feel Good To Scratch An Itch?

Thu Mar 30, 2006 3:28 am

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

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RE: Why Does It Feel Good To Scratch An Itch?

Thu Mar 30, 2006 3:31 am

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
 
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RE: Why Does It Feel Good To Scratch An Itch?

Thu Mar 30, 2006 4:09 am

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

[Edited 2006-03-29 20:10:19]
 
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RE: Why Does It Feel Good To Scratch An Itch?

Thu Mar 30, 2006 8:00 pm

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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