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To study this phenomenon more closely, researchers studied brain regions responsible for chemically processing the itch in the body and the specific neurons with cells that express the gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRPR).
"Drying off with a towel immediately after leaving the water and, if possible, rinsing off in a shower, is an easy way to help prevent swimmer's itch. This can remove the parasites before they have a chance to penetrate the skin."
When your brain realises you've scratched away the irritant, the signal being sent to it that you have an itch is interrupted and therefore is no longer felt by the brain.
My purpose in writing this article is to raise awareness that while the skin itself, along with mucous membranes, is always the site of an itch, a systemic condition unrelated to the skin may be the cause.
Researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Rome set out to target the root cause of the itch, in hope of a new treatment.
It is already known that mice and humans have the same target molecule for itch therapy: a small protein called Interleukin 31 (IL-31).
Over-the-counter anti-itching creams may help but do get prescription corticosteroid creams and ointments for skin scaling and itch. Other medications include: antibiotics, oral or injectable corticosteroids, antihistamines.
According to a study conducted by the North Carolina State University, scientists have identified neuropeptide involved in transmitting itch signal to the brain in eczema.
I don't mean the kind of itching that happens because you're wearing a woolly jumper, have raced through a field of stinging nettles, have eaten something peculiar or have fleas - those kind of itches are justified.
We also investigated the correlation between pain and itch intensity.
Dr Steinhoff, who is Clinical Professor at Qatar University and Professorial Chair at University College Dublin, said that chronic itch should not be considered a trivial symptom because of the severe detrimental impact it has on quality of life.