Itching theory

I have this wild theory that scratching itches is effectively masking the itch with pain. But because scratching can lead to damaging the skin, particularly if there is a scab in the vicinity, it might be better to slap it instead. That would overcome the itch without damaging the skin.

Just an idea. Not one I always put into practice myself. Does it make any sense?

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
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7 replies on “Itching theory”

It doesna work. Take it from someone who is favourite food of mozzies worldwide. Scratching is the only thing that makes it better. Slapping just causes a sting that gets even more itchy.

Ice first, and then an X made with a fingernail. That’s the only way to deal with itchies caused by wee beasties.

Yeah scratching feels good at first – but in the end it just gets more itchy.

After getting a tattoo I slap the location when it starts to itch. for the simple reason as not to damage the skin as it heals.
Mozzie/Noseeum bites I treat with alcohol.

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