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Why Do We Itch?

We all know the sensation of itching – that annoying, irresistible urge to scratch. It’s one of the most common complaints heard by doctors, and it can be caused by a wide variety of things, from dry skin to insect bites. But what exactly is itchiness, and why do we experience it? Dr. Andrew R. Altman of Plantation Dermatology in Plantation, FL, is a dermatologist who can educate you on what itching is, what types of itching you may experience, and how to find relief!

Why do we itch?

Itchiness is actually a complex sensation that involves both the skin and the nervous system. When something irritates the skin, it sends signals through the nerves to the brain. The brain interprets these signals as an itch and responds accordingly – often by making us want to scratch!

What types of itches may occur on the skin?

There are two types of itch: superficial and deep. A superficial itch is caused by things like dry skin or insect bites. This type of itch is usually easy to treat and goes away quickly. A deep itch, on the other hand, is caused by conditions like eczema or psoriasis. This type of itch can be much more difficult to relieve and may require medical treatment.

What can I do to relieve an itch?

If you’re dealing with an itch that won’t go away, there are a few things you can do to find relief. Over-the-counter anti-itch creams or lotions can be helpful for the superficial itch. For deep itch, you may need a prescription medication from the doctor at Plantation Dermatology. If you have a chronic condition like eczema or psoriasis, your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes or therapies to help reduce your symptoms.

Request an appointment with Plantation Dermatology today!

No matter what type of itch you’re dealing with, there’s no need to suffer in silence. Talk to Dr. Andrew R. Altman of Plantation Dermatology about your symptoms and find the relief you need! The office can be reached by calling 954-577-5161 and requesting an initial evaluation and consultation visit with our team.

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