Why You Itch (and Why You Shouldn’t Scratch)

If you’ve ever had a bug bite, or brushed against some poison ivy, you know the agony of an itch and the overwhelming desire to scratch. But why might you want to think twice about scratching? In this week’s Speaking of Chemistry, Lauren Wolf gives you the answer, with a little help from Batman & Robin.

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Itching To Know More About Itch
Volume 89 Issue 27 | p. 27
Issue Date: July 4, 2011

How Itching An Itch Makes It Itch Worse
Volume 92 Issue 46 | p. 34
Issue Date: November 17, 2014

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