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A 41-year-old member asked:

could scratching count as self harm?

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Dr. Humberto Quintana
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Yes: Yes, scratches count as self harming. Self harming can be anything when causing damage to your body. Whether it hurts or not. Other forms cutting, scratching, hitting, bursing.Cutting with object, biting.
Dr. Cara Nixon
Clinical Psychology 8 years experience
What's the goal?: There are a number of types of injury, but it's really about the purpose of the behaviors. If the intent is to harm one's self then pretty much anything can be considered.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Ideas for cast scratching?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Don't scratch!: Don't succumb to the temptation of scratching under a cast! many infections of the skin start in this manner. Some of my patients have found benefit by placing a cold pack on the cast. Just be sure it doesn't get the cast wet.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is scratching an age spot off bad?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
No, but...: ...It will usually grow back. A dermatologist can freeze your "marks of maturity" with liquid nitrogen to remove them permanently.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can a baby be infected by scratching himself up?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
Yes,of course: If there are bacteria on the nails. The major question is why is he so itchy? Sounds like atopia and that is caused by deficiency of certain fatty acids in the diet. See a nutritionist.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Does scratching an itch have any health benefits? If not then why are our bodies built with the desire to scratch?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Comfort: Scratching an itch doesn't have any health benefits. It is an attempt to relieve irritation and be more comfortable.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What are usual types of self-injury?

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
? : This an unusual question to ask. If you are having problems and are at risk for hurting yourself or others, please seek immediate help. . . You are not alone.

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