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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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2013-05-24 08:48:52 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.


You could've used the microphone.
 
2013-05-24 09:21:16 AM
What about phantom itching?  I remember one time when my sister and I were kids, she had just got a filling at the dentist and while on the way home, she got an itch in a spot on her cheek that was still numb from Novocaine and scratching was totally ineffective because the area was numb, yet the itch was somehow still happening.
 
2013-05-24 09:30:47 AM

Cappalotti: gainst 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!


did you try topical DMSO?
 
2013-05-24 11:50:32 AM
Occasionally my left foot itches for no reason. Nothing a topological analgesic can't handle, but it is really annoying in the middle of the night. I wouldn't mind someone figuring out the basics.
 
2013-05-24 12:37:50 PM
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2013-05-24 01:41:56 PM

stryed: 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.


Fortunately mine isn't constant 24-hours-a-day itchy, but I've had one pinpoint itch on my shoulder blade for two and a half years now.  The dermatologist says there's nothing there, but I've been tempted more than once to go in with a melon baller and "fix the glitch."
 
2013-05-24 01:45:41 PM

brantgoose: 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.


I feel your pain.  I've suffered from it for as long as I can remember.  I've used every single antihistamine that's ever been marketed to keep it under control.  Most of them might as well be sugar pills.  The only two that do anything are Zyrtec (cetirizine) and Benadryl (diphenhydramine).  I take a Zyrtec each morning and a Bendryl every night.  However, when weather extremes hit (really hot and muggy or really cold and dry), I often have to double my dosages.  Even during normal times, while medicated, I still briefly get the raised red lines if something touches me, but they won't itch. First indication that I've forgotten to take my meds are horribly itchy feet and hands, quickly spreading to my entire body.

For topical creams, I actually found a homemade one from a vendor in San Juan that is primarily made from banana peels. It works better than anything I've ever tried. Apparently you're supposed to rub the inside of a peel on your skin if you get poison ivy, and it works for regular itchiness too.

My skin is also keloid, I have a high pain tolerance and some completely numb spots on my skin, and I'm not ticklish.  I have no idea if any of these are related, but I'm the only one in my family with itchiness issues that are this bad.
 
2013-05-24 02:04:46 PM

real_kibo: 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.


I came here to post something else, but now.....THANKS JERK!
 
2013-05-24 03:22:51 PM
Test Lice!


Question: Did Mark Hoon have a bro with an Irish gal's name?
/melon
 
2013-05-24 03:46:08 PM

Cloudchaser Sakonige the Red Wolf: What about phantom itching?  I remember one time when my sister and I were kids, she had just got a filling at the dentist and while on the way home, she got an itch in a spot on her cheek that was still numb from Novocaine and scratching was totally ineffective because the area was numb, yet the itch was somehow still happening.


That's actually to be expected. The pain receptor counteracts the itch receptor. Painkillers actually make itching worse.
 
2013-05-24 05:15:05 PM

Chainsaw Turd Elf: real_kibo: 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.

I came here to post something else, but now.....THANKS JERK!


I accept your thanks.

I got the idea from the world's greatest master of evilness, Charles Schulz:

http://idothings.info/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/linus-and-lucy.jpg (pops)

...but I have since learned that, like an earworm, the only way to make it go away is to transfer it to other people. I win!!!!
 
2013-05-25 05:52:13 AM

ayrlander: stryed: 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.

Fortunately mine isn't constant 24-hours-a-day itchy, but I've had one pinpoint itch on my shoulder blade for two and a half years now.  The dermatologist says there's nothing there, but I've been tempted more than once to go in with a melon baller and "fix the glitch."


Consider yourself lucky!
Here's the article of the case : http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/06/30/080630fa_fact_gawande
Very good read...apparently it was basically 24/7
 
2013-05-25 05:56:28 AM
There are mirror tricks that you could try if it's really a phantom itch. It's towards the end of the article.
 
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