First you itch, then you scratch, then you don’t itch anymore, right? Not really—the simple act of scratching may be more harmful than you think because eczema flare-ups may get worse from scratching.
While there are still some unknowns, we do know inflammation plays a role in causing itch. That can lead to scratching, which can cause damage to the surface of your skin, leaving it exposed to irritants and increased inflammation.
This can result in more itching and more scratching and more itching and…you get the point. So, while scratching may bring temporary eczema itch relief, in the long run it could be causing more harm.
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