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(Time)   The mystery of the human body's most annoying sensation, itching, finally explained. And suddenly you find your back itching for no reason   (science.time.com) divider line 63
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2013-05-23 09:42:08 PM  
Nope....not my back.....
 
2013-05-24 12:18:33 AM  
Whatever the f*ck it is, it concentrates itself in my balls, and activates itself when I get out of bed

/damn... that feels good
 
2013-05-24 12:33:29 AM  
Usually when you feel an itch somewhere, it's one of those almost invisible tiny baby spiders crawling on you.
 
2013-05-24 12:35:05 AM  
God dammit.

*Grabs back scratcher*
 
2013-05-24 12:35:09 AM  
It's not as bad as being aware of your tongue. That's when you realize how your tongue feels in your mouth and it seems like it's bigger than it should be. And the worst part is... once that feeling sets in... it never goes away.
 
2013-05-24 12:37:45 AM  
The only time I notice my back starting to itch is when I'm riding and I'm just about to start breaking a sweat.
 
2013-05-24 12:40:27 AM  
Ha! Fooled you! I was already itching before I read your headline!

I can break out in hives at the drop of a pin. I have dermatographia (where welts rise at a scratch, so you can write on your skin with a finger nail--the name means "skin writing" or more literally "skin carving" since the Greek world for writing literally means scratching, seeing as the Greeks did a lot of their writing with a chisel or by scratching short notes into broken pottery, which they used like sticky notes.

Pottery was cheaper and more plentiful than paper, which was made of expensive papyrus, cloth (linen paper is literally made with linen) or in extreme cases, parchment, which is animal hide scraped clean and thin, which means that each folio sheet of paper costs you a sheep.

My life is one long pain. But I bear it well because like Lucy van Pelt, I am naturally crabby. There's a long long line of grouchy Puritans in my family tree. A lot of long lines of grouchy Puritans. We love to complain. It distracts us from the pain, annoyance and so forth.

Mutter, moan, whine, groan, biatch, complain. I have something like that on a button around here somewhere.
 
2013-05-24 12:44:40 AM  
Dammit subby. I hate you almost as much as the fact that I can't reach the itch on my back right now. Right between the tattoos on my back. Thankfully, the ex its coming over, so before I scratch her itch, she'll use her nails on my back. Does that anyway, but this way I can just lie there.

/yes, I've set myself up for that joke.
 
2013-05-24 12:47:15 AM  
There was a case concerning a woman who had a constant itch in a single spot of her scalp. She scratched so much and for so long, her psychologist determined it must have been more than psychological. She once woke up with green ooze on her pillow and it so happened that she had drilled through her cranium.
 
2013-05-24 12:47:51 AM  
I hate the itching, but I don't mind the swelling.
 
2013-05-24 01:01:19 AM  
I was told it was the Vicodin.
 
2013-05-24 01:01:42 AM  

Cytokine Storm: Usually when you feel an itch somewhere, it's one of those almost invisible tiny baby spiders crawling on you.


Or else parasitic Demodex mites.
 
2013-05-24 01:05:30 AM  
bugs....bugs under my skin, man

can't you see them? can't you?
 
2013-05-24 01:20:25 AM  
BRAIN CHIGGERS!
 
2013-05-24 01:21:04 AM  
No itching, but a possible sebaceous cyst developing on upper back now that I check...
 
2013-05-24 01:21:45 AM  
So they cured cancer already? Must have missed that.
 
2013-05-24 01:28:38 AM  
I never understood itching.

Everything about how the body works is amazing.
Bacteria gets into your body? White blood cells go berserk.
Something got into your eyes? They water to flush it out.

Something stings you? Your body has a reaction that keeps making you scratch, which makes things worse.
 
2013-05-24 01:30:01 AM  
Here's a picture of a bedbug, in case you weren't itchy by now:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-05-24 01:30:12 AM  
They fight, they bite, They bite and fight and bite, Fight fight fight, bite bite bite
 
2013-05-24 01:39:01 AM  
i3.ytimg.com
 
2013-05-24 01:42:05 AM  
I Didn't read the article,  but... how is it a mystery?  The purpose of itching is to get bugs off you.  As during most of our existence, we lived outdoors, with bugs crawling on us.
 
2013-05-24 01:44:05 AM  
As a life long sufferer of pruritis due to cholestatic liver disease...this news pleases me.
 
2013-05-24 01:44:06 AM  
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2013-05-24 01:44:18 AM  
I get terrible, what I call "prickly-itchies", when I try to go to sleep. They are random, no particlular spot is immume. Feels like a light to moderate needle prick that immediatly iches. Will completly drive me screaming curse words crazy trying to get to sleep. Only alieviantion is booze (which is a viable option, just not always practicle), or Gabapentin (which I take for my neuropathy in my feet).
 
2013-05-24 01:56:00 AM  
Oh there's a reason
 
2013-05-24 01:57:37 AM  

2chris2: I Didn't read the article,  but... how is it a mystery?  The purpose of itching is to get bugs off you.  As during most of our existence, we lived outdoors, with bugs crawling on us.


You could be wrong about that. At least parts of it.
 
2013-05-24 01:57:48 AM  
Hoon?

images3.wikia.nocookie.net

/i want my rommy
 
2013-05-24 02:03:28 AM  

MyToeHurts: I get terrible, what I call "prickly-itchies", when I try to go to sleep. They are random, no particlular spot is immume. Feels like a light to moderate needle prick that immediatly iches. Will completly drive me screaming curse words crazy trying to get to sleep. Only alieviantion is booze (which is a viable option, just not always practicle), or Gabapentin (which I take for my neuropathy in my feet).


has you tried elevating your feets on pillows at sleepy time? Doctor Dan the Bandage Man has all the answers.
 
2013-05-24 02:10:25 AM  
My fingernails itch.
 
2013-05-24 02:34:47 AM  
I wonder how this relates to how some people with mental disorders will scratch more.
 
2013-05-24 02:36:38 AM  

2chris2: I Didn't read the article,  but... how is it a mystery?  The purpose of itching is to get bugs off you.  As during most of our existence, we lived outdoors, with bugs crawling on us.


I get some pretty bad zits sometimes and occasionally I will suddenly feel a sharp pain/itch on a spot (usually my back), scratch it, and realize there's one forming and it's time to take care of it. I've also noticed sometimes I'll scratch in the shower and it feels so good I keep going, and next thing I know there's lots of dead skin under my nails and I look like I was in a girl-fight. My theory is that it's also a way your body lets you know that the skin has renewed itself to a state where you need to help it out with the removal of the old.

/shrug
//I might just be crazy
 
2013-05-24 02:42:11 AM  
The only time itches bother me is when I'm trying to sleep. I have to be very careful to never scratch in bed, as it doesn't ever relieve the itch - it just makes it ten times worse.

Anti-itch cream helps. It must be nice to be one of those scratching-an-itch-makes-it-go-away types.
 
2013-05-24 02:45:31 AM  

MyToeHurts: I get terrible, what I call "prickly-itchies", when I try to go to sleep. They are random, no particlular spot is immume. Feels like a light to moderate needle prick that immediatly iches. Will completly drive me screaming curse words crazy trying to get to sleep. Only alieviantion is booze (which is a viable option, just not always practicle), or Gabapentin (which I take for my neuropathy in my feet).


I get those also, always seem to be just under the surface and unREACHable! Just that one tiny little spot!

No longer dread getting an itchy back because I found the absolute best backscratcher at Goodwill a few years ago for like one or two dollars. Long hardwood handle with a brass hand(r) in a claw position that makes short order of almost any itch almost anyplace!
 
2013-05-24 02:52:04 AM  

What_Would_Jimi_Do: [i3.ytimg.com image 480x360]


Damn, you beat me to it.
 
2013-05-24 03:10:43 AM  

Omahawg: bugs....bugs under my skin, man

can't you see them? can't you?


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President Jimmy Carter: How long ago did you take it, Peter?

Peter (on phone): Uh.. I don't know. I can't read my watch.

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Peter (on phone): Okay..

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Peter (on phone): Yes, I do, sir. Everything is okay, huh Jimmy?

President Jimmy Carter: It sure is, Peter. You know, I'm against drug use myself, but I'm not going to lay that on you right now. Just mellow out the best you can, okay?

Peter (on phone): Okay..!

President Jimmy Carter: Okay.

Walter Cronkite: Well, thank you, Mr. President. Our time is up for this week, but let me remind you that it is now time to buy your tickets for the first annual "I Slept At The White House" lottery, on sale at federal office buildings everywhere.

President Jimmy Carter: I figure there's no harm in trying, Walt. The tickets are only a dollar, and maybe someone out there will win an all-expense paid trip to spend the night here with us in Washington. Good night!

Walter Cronkite: Good night, thank you very much.
 
2013-05-24 03:40:58 AM  
I'm wearing a fiberglass codpiece right now, so I'm really getting a kick out of this thread.
 
2013-05-24 03:49:15 AM  

bearded clamorer: I'm wearing a fiberglass codpiece right now, so I'm really getting a kick out of this thread.


Is it a 'Black Russian'?

Image NSFW (was on the BBC and PBS)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v514/crunchyfrog/Images/blackadder 7. jpg
 
2013-05-24 04:29:37 AM  
I had to give a speech in front of an auditorium full of people once and I suddenly developed a really itchy vag. Most excruciating couple of minutes of my life.
 
2013-05-24 04:30:11 AM  
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2013-05-24 04:34:56 AM  

brantgoose: I can break out in hives at the drop of a pin. I have dermatographia (where welts rise at a scratch, so you can write on your skin with a finger nail--the name means "skin writing" or more literally "skin carving" since the Greek world for writing literally means scratching, seeing as the Greeks did a lot of their writing with a chisel or by scratching short notes into broken pottery, which they used like sticky notes.


Same here.  Around August of last year I had my gallbladder removed. A few weeks after that, I broke out into large patches of moving hives (urticaria). It was a miserable, hot, itchy mess. A box of Benadryl didn't even touch it. Hydrocortizone helped but since the hives moved around so much, it was difficult to control. The doctors told me it was possibly a reaction to the anesthesia from surgery. They gave me hydroxyzine which really helped but turned me into a zombie. After a month or two, the condition finally seemed to subside a bit but still, anytime I brush up against something, or scratch my arms or back, I get those raised, itchy welts you described. Its annoying. I take a antihistimine/allergy pill every other day to try to keep it at bay. I've tried changing deodorant, soap, laundry detergent... nothing seems to help and the doctors don't seem to know what is causing it either.  It sucks!
 
2013-05-24 04:38:22 AM  
Another tally in the can't reach my itch column. I have really long hair, though, so I know it gets everywhere and I try not to think about creepy crawlies.
 
2013-05-24 05:42:49 AM  

Cappalotti: brantgoose: I can break out in hives at the drop of a pin. I have dermatographia (where welts rise at a scratch, so you can write on your skin with a finger nail--the name means "skin writing" or more literally "skin carving" since the Greek world for writing literally means scratching, seeing as the Greeks did a lot of their writing with a chisel or by scratching short notes into broken pottery, which they used like sticky notes.

Same here.  Around August of last year I had my gallbladder removed. A few weeks after that, I broke out into large patches of moving hives (urticaria). It was a miserable, hot, itchy mess. A box of Benadryl didn't even touch it. Hydrocortizone helped but since the hives moved around so much, it was difficult to control. The doctors told me it was possibly a reaction to the anesthesia from surgery. They gave me hydroxyzine which really helped but turned me into a zombie. After a month or two, the condition finally seemed to subside a bit but still, anytime I brush up against something, or scratch my arms or back, I get those raised, itchy welts you described. Its annoying. I take a antihistimine/allergy pill every other day to try to keep it at bay. I've tried changing deodorant, soap, laundry detergent... nothing seems to help and the doctors don't seem to know what is causing it either.  It sucks!


You weren't told that this could be a side affect? What the hell did they use to put you out that could cause that? The whole this sounds like they farked up and are covering their asses.
 
2013-05-24 06:21:44 AM  

gozar_the_destroyer: Cappalotti: brantgoose: I can break out in hives at the drop of a pin. I have dermatographia (where welts rise at a scratch, so you can write on your skin with a finger nail--the name means "skin writing" or more literally "skin carving" since the Greek world for writing literally means scratching, seeing as the Greeks did a lot of their writing with a chisel or by scratching short notes into broken pottery, which they used like sticky notes.

Same here.  Around August of last year I had my gallbladder removed. A few weeks after that, I broke out into large patches of moving hives (urticaria). It was a miserable, hot, itchy mess. A box of Benadryl didn't even touch it. Hydrocortizone helped but since the hives moved around so much, it was difficult to control. The doctors told me it was possibly a reaction to the anesthesia from surgery. They gave me hydroxyzine which really helped but turned me into a zombie. After a month or two, the condition finally seemed to subside a bit but still, anytime I brush up against something, or scratch my arms or back, I get those raised, itchy welts you described. Its annoying. I take a antihistamine/allergy pill every other day to try to keep it at bay. I've tried changing deodorant, soap, laundry detergent... nothing seems to help and the doctors don't seem to know what is causing it either.  It sucks!

You weren't told that this could be a side affect? What the hell did they use to put you out that could cause that? The whole this sounds like they farked up and are covering their asses.



I don't believe it was the anesthesia. That would have been out of my system long before now.
 
2013-05-24 06:48:59 AM  

Cappalotti: gozar_the_destroyer: Cappalotti: brantgoose: I can break out in hives at the drop of a pin. I have dermatographia (where welts rise at a scratch, so you can write on your skin with a finger nail--the name means "skin writing" or more literally "skin carving" since the Greek world for writing literally means scratching, seeing as the Greeks did a lot of their writing with a chisel or by scratching short notes into broken pottery, which they used like sticky notes.

Same here.  Around August of last year I had my gallbladder removed. A few weeks after that, I broke out into large patches of moving hives (urticaria). It was a miserable, hot, itchy mess. A box of Benadryl didn't even touch it. Hydrocortizone helped but since the hives moved around so much, it was difficult to control. The doctors told me it was possibly a reaction to the anesthesia from surgery. They gave me hydroxyzine which really helped but turned me into a zombie. After a month or two, the condition finally seemed to subside a bit but still, anytime I brush up against something, or scratch my arms or back, I get those raised, itchy welts you described. Its annoying. I take a antihistamine/allergy pill every other day to try to keep it at bay. I've tried changing deodorant, soap, laundry detergent... nothing seems to help and the doctors don't seem to know what is causing it either.  It sucks!

You weren't told that this could be a side affect? What the hell did they use to put you out that could cause that? The whole this sounds like they farked up and are covering their asses.


I don't believe it was the anesthesia. That would have been out of my system long before now.


Interesting, I put it down to a lack of oil ( same condition as you )
I have a couple of fish oil capsules during the day and that's helped heaps.
 
2013-05-24 07:07:59 AM  

Badgers: Here's a picture of a bedbug, in case you weren't itchy by now:

[upload.wikimedia.org image 800x561]


I HATE YOU. fark you activated my paranoia again. Time to go check under the matresses AGAIN.
 
2013-05-24 07:56:26 AM  
DeadMouseTails

I was told it was the Vicodin.


THIS
 
2013-05-24 08:07:58 AM  

steerforth: I had to give a speech in front of an auditorium full of people once and I suddenly developed a really itchy vag. Most excruciating couple of minutes of my life.



Didn't your wife have any kinda prescription for it???
 
2013-05-24 08:23:14 AM  
I actually have wondered about this - and what causes the odd unspecified itch.  Turns out my heart is just doing something in there, I guess...
 
2013-05-24 08:28:42 AM  
Put the my hand to the back of my neck last night.  There was a tick.
 
2013-05-24 08:30:13 AM  
Dammit, subby.
 
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