Itching is a sensation on the skin that makes you want to scratch. Pruritis is the medical term used for itching. Itching is usually associated with rashes, hives, psoriasis, allergies, eczema, etc.
Itching is associated with various conditions like:
Can we scratch an itch?
Itching always prompts scratching, which further leads to pain or more itching. Sometimes scratching can be satisfying, but may lead to bruises and inflammation too. Scratching of an itch is only a temporary relief and one needs to look further into rectifying the itching instead of scratching the itch.
Scratching can break open the skin or cause bruise which can provide the bacteria or fungus an ideal place to grow. Scratching for a prolonged period of time like weeks or months can cause thickening or darkening of the area of the skin.
How to tackle an itch?
Itching is a sign of a disease or condition which has to be treated accordingly. However, while the healing takes time, one may feel the need to scratch the itch, which hinders the healing process. Some measures that can temporarily relieve itching are given below.
Complications of itching:
If the underlying cause of itching is not treated and the itching continues to be dealt with scratching only, it can lead to conditions like:
Itching caused by insects like mosquitoes and lice may not be very serious. But it is better to avoid to avoid all conditions that can cause itching.