The other day, my better half and I were discussing scratching. Predictably, in the course of the discussion, I became aware of every itchy square millimeter of skin I might possibly possess.
I wondered whether scratching actually works — that is, whether scratching ever acts to make an itch go away, or even to reduce it.
“Of course it does,” my better half opined. “Why else would we do it?”
“Because we’re poorly adapted?” I ventured.
So, here’s the question*:
Is there any good research to demonstrate whether scratching alleviates itching? Is there any evidence (beyond your mom’s say-so) that scratching is bound to exacerbate your itching? Is there a “right” way to scratch that makes a difference here.
Sheesh, just writing this post makes me feel like I need an oatmeal bath!
*Yeah, actually three questions, but they’re related.