Why Does Scratching Make You Itch More? Science Has An Answer

October 30, 2014 3:59 PM

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Why Does Scratching Make You Itch More? Science Has An Answer

From dry skin to mosquito bites, there are a million little reasons why we itch. But sometimes, scratching an itch can make you feel, well, itchier -- and a group of scientists has a possible explanation for why this happens.

On Wednesday, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis published a study which found that scratching an itch can cause minor pain, leading the brain to release serotonin -- the "happy" chemical that helps regulate mood -- which can sometimes make an itch feel more intense...

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