Chronicitching is, for many, more difficult to bear than pain. It can occur in the same areas as pain, but the difference is that the inner part of the body is insensitive to itching. The skin, on the other hand, is very sensitive to it, because the tactile nerves play an important role in this sensation. In other respects, there are great differences in sensitivity to itching from one person to another.

Even the same person, due to unknown circumstances, can sometimes react more strongly than others. Because this is a phenomenon that is easy to influence psychically. It is very likely that you will already start scratching yourself, just by reading this text. And if you are told a story about biting insects, such as fleas or lice, or, better still, see pictures of them, you are sure to get itchy.

Sensitivity to itching is reinforced by heat, due to increased blood flow to the skin, and by the effect of sweating or psychic factors. Not forgetting dry skin. Over the years, the skin becomes thinner and more sensitive to dehydration. Soap and the dry environment produced by central heating further dehydrate the skin, increasing the likelihood of itching. It is therefore recommended to wash without soap and to use humidifiers in the home, especially for older people.

Several diseases have itching as their main symptom, including diabetes, gallbladder disease, kidney abnormalities, gout and some forms of cancer. In women it can occur during menopause, menstruation and pregnancy.
So far we have talked about itching that occurs without any visible change in the skin. Combined with red spots or pimples, itching may indicate the presence of a form of allergy.

But alcohol, coffee, nicotine, cocoa or cocaine, lack of vitamins and certain animals can also cause itchy red spots.
It can also be urticaria, which are bumps caused by allergies to certain foods (fish, strawberries, alcohol or seafood) or by reactions to certain medicines, such as aspirin (i.e. its component, acetylsalicylic acid), quinine, sulphonamide preparations, penicillins and other antibiotics.

Extremely annoying is itching in the pubic area, the causes of which are also of various kinds, such as infections, crabs or fungus. Other causes of itching can be cracks or wounds on the skin and mucous membranes; some contraceptives (also the pill); traces of detergent on underwear, etc.
Itching affects not only the patient, but also the doctor, who is powerless to remedy it. If no specific disease is found to be the cause - which is the case in about half of all cases - only the symptoms can be treated, and there is really no treatment for them, apart from painkillers of the diazepam group, such as valium.

A very old home remedy for itching is to take a warm water bath with half a cup of baking soda, about 300 grams for a bathtub; other traditional remedies are: rubbing the affected area with the inside of a lemon peel; wiping it with cotton wool soaked in ammonia or washing it with tar soap and letting it dry without rinsing it. Some relief.

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