Scientists Explain Why Scratches Helps Stop Itches

Submitted by: thrash16 8 years ago in Science
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/science/sciencenews/5114365/Scientists-explain-why-scratching-helps-relieve-an-itch.html

One of those things we all do yet little is really known about it.
There are 39 comments:
Male 3,425
I hate it when people say "I have a scratch", it`s an itch goddammit!
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Male 126
wtf? i knew that already!!!
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Female 1,653
Seems utterly useless to me.
Bsically you have an itch, you scratch it, it stops itching. Move along, nothing to see here.
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Male 1,596
this explains nothing

it basically just says scratching stops itching

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Male 2,238
lol, i love how nowdays almost everything can be explained.

and dragonshadoz, I totally DID!

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Female 495
haha reminds me of the scratch vs. itch debate raging a little while ago!
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Female 250
The word itchy is starting to lose meaning...
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Male 1,629
ya that sound about right, same with pain.. you just overwrite it with more pain, it has obvious restrictions tho
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Male 81
Spinothalamic!
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Female 4,028
And then everyone who read the article developed an itch. :-P
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Male 37
haha i just got really itchy too!
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Male 1,365
Makes sense, a nerve healing would not send a message if interupted by larger stimuli, thus the scratch.
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Male 4,793
i totally support a cure for the itchy. a year or two ago, i got really bad sunburn (like slept in the sun for a few hours) then a day or three after that, i experienced the hell of whats known as "sunburn itch" its where your nerve endings go fu--ing crazy and your sunburn itches. so your itching non-stop, and your itching sunburned skin. it was easily worse than anything else i have experienced. went to the hospital, and the nurses just gave me some kind of steroid, and a shot to put me to sleep for 8 hours or so, i was so busy satisfying my hellish itch that i didnt even notice the shots in the butt. i woke up in 4 hours, still itchy. finally i asked google wtf i should do. and it instructed me to take a bath loaded with baking soda, so i did and either that helped, or the symptom had exhausted itself. so if they can cure the itchy, FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Male 524
man, this article makes me itchy, and i`d hate to be one of those test subjects lol.
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Male 2,582
fascinating.....ZzzzZzzzZzzz
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Female 150
I think itchy is a funny word :P
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Female 723
I thought most itches were created due to dead skin? Of course there are other causes too....like reading this article! So itchy!
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Female 15,763
JKR`33KN`RFN3

I`m so itchy.

o-o;

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Female 1,690
WTF was that?
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Male 7,378
c`mon that was weak.. you mean to tell me they needed a neuroscientist to confirm that scratching relieves an itch? and scratching doesn`t feel good if you`re not itchy?
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Male 17,512
Dangit, Now I feel itchy.
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Male 111
god, that made me itchy from just reading it...
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Female 1,436
This isn`t new news. . . .

Anywho - my arm was itching as I read this! lol

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Female 5,139
:/ i have excema...scratching never seems to get rid of my itch D;

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Male 629
Getty`s expensive...they chose that picture?
Oh, and yes, thanks for demystifying the itch :p
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Male 177
i jst simply thought that itching removes unwanted substances from your skin, aka old scabbs and bunches of dead skin cells.
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Female 254
thanks, science!
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Female 268
yeah got the phantom itches...but anyways that didn`t explain a durn thing....
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Male 1,284
im not itchy... im drunk
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Male 328
darn it. i thought it would explain why your skin gets itchy.
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Female 654
&Scratches her spinal cord*
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Male 34
So.. damn.. itchy :|
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Female 277
I am so itchy now!
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Female 3,696
Well, that`s great and all but now I`m suffering from phantom itches. Thanks very much. ;P
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Male 3,819
I`m suddenly really itchy.

::scratches desperately::

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Male 1,788
I`ve always kinda wondered....
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Male 388
ok
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Male 2,388
oh yes itchles opium truely masterful and im sure there are alot of people suffering yadayadayada
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Male 90
Link: Scientists Explain Why Scratches Helps Stop Itches [Rate Link] - One of those things we all do yet little is really known about it.
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