Skip to content

Warning: Reading this may make you itch

Click thumbnail for high-resolution image


Mosquito bites cause a form of itch that can be dulled with antihistamine drugs. (Courtesy of


A chronic itch can lead to depression and an early death. (Courtesy of

Click for text-only story

For many people, chronic itchiness causes fatigue, depression and other serious health problems. And for many itch sufferers, treatments don't work. Now, a new study that helps explain why scratching feels so good may lead to treatment that will quell the urge to scratch.