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What Causes Itchy Skin and Is It Safe to Scratch It?

When our skin itches, the obvious response is a desire to immediately scratch the affected area; however, it is good to understand the root cause of your itchiness in order to determine the appropriate response.

Most often, itchiness is caused by dry skin; however, there are medical symptoms that can cause more severe itchy skin.  For example:

-Eczema: This is a condition that causes the skin to become inflamed and itchy. Eczema can be caused by an allergy, such as to pollen or pet dander. It can also be caused by irritants, such as certain soaps or detergents.

-Psoriasis: This is a condition that causes the skin to produce too much of a protein called keratin. 

-Shingles: Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful and potentially itchy rash. 

-Hives: Hives are itchy, red bumps that can appear on the skin. They are often caused by an allergic reaction to a substance, such as pollen or food.

There are many other medical conditions that can also cause itching, such as diabetes, kidney disease, and liver disease.

If you have chronic itching that is severe and does not go away, it is important to see a doctor. They can help identify the cause and provide relief.

For many situations, a gentle / skin-safe back scratcher can provide blissful relief.  Other therapeutic options include:

-Take a cool bath or shower.

-Apply a moisturizer to your skin.

-Wear loose, comfortable clothing.

-Use a topical cream or ointment to relieve itching.

If you choose to use a back scratcher, here are a few things to keep in mind:

- Avoid using a back scratcher around open wounds or cuts.

- Be sure to use a gentle back scratcher that will not damage your skin.

- Clean your back scratcher between uses.

If you're looking for the perfect - and safest - scratch, we believe the best back scratcher available is the the Bearback Back & Body Scratcher. With thousands of 5 Star reviews, Bearback is the only back scratcher to have received major media attention (The Today Show, CBS, Yahoo News, MSN, etc). Bearback is gentle and safe enough for the most most sensitive bare skin, but incredibly effective at attacking even the most stubborn itches!

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