Breaking the Itch-Scratch Cycle

Have you gotten an itch that never seem to end? Something that starts small, such as an insect bite or a small rash or a mild eczema, but has gotten itchier and looks worse day by day? Usually, this kind of itch is aggravated by the ITCH-SCRATCH CYCLE. You see, when you scratch, the body releases histamine. This makes you feel itchy, and the tendency is to scratch some more. Which makes you itch some more. Even if you take itch medicines called anti-histamine, but don't stop scratching, skin won't stop itching.


The more you scratch, the worse itch gets. Skin also gets damaged or infected, which tends to become darker, redder, puffier, and sometimes turn it into hard bits of scars. HOW TO BREAK THE ITCH-SCRATCH CYCLE? The key is to stop scratching. But this is easier said than done, especially for young kids who cannot take instructions yet. (Admit it, it's tough to resist scratching, even for us.) Here are some ways to help.



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