What makes people itch? When you think about it, at first sight, it may seem pretty obvious – allergies, infections, healing wounds, etc. But, what do you know about itching apart from that? What actually triggers itching?

The thing is that there are nerve fibers that are actually responsible for itching. When they are released, they send signals to the spinal cord from where they go straight into your brain, and your brain defines the area to itch. Fancy, isn’t that?

Of course, the conditions that trigger nerve fibers to tell the brain that it is itchy somewhere are different. Anything on the scale from allergies to bug bites and infections counts. But it does not change the fact that the bite, for example, itself is not responsible for itching – it is just a cause that your body responds to in the form of itching.

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What comes next? Well, many of you have noticed how satisfying it feels right after you have scratched the itchy area. The thing is that the act of itching can trigger the nerves responsible for pleasure and once the signal is sent your brain responds to it.

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The most common causes of itching are:

#1. Bug Bites

#2. Poisonous plants or animals

#3. Dry skin

#4. Jewelry

#5. Herpes

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#6. Stress

#7. Infection

#8. Sunburn

#9. Certain beauty products

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No matter the cause you still should be careful when it comes to itching since sometimes it may be something bigger than just a mosquito bite. Some people have the nasty habit to scratch themselves to blood, and that is that direct way to catch an infection. Or, there are other cases when itching is just a symptom of something worse and the faster you find what it is – the better.

To sum everything up – itching is a signal that both your body and your brain give you, it is up to you how you deal with it. Truth be told – the faster you deal with it, the lesser will be the consequences.

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