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why do healing wounds itch?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
Histamine release: Whenever tissue is subject to trauma, the body initiates an inflammatory response as part of the healing process. Several different types of cells are released into the bloodstream and make their way to the wound where healing is initiated. Among these are mast cells which release histamine. It is the histamine which causes the wound to itch.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Itching in the wound: Complicated but scientists believe that the itching is due to histamine in the healing tissue which causes the itching.
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 37 years experience
Normal process: Blood cells such (white blood cells, platelets) and other tissue cells release chemical factors called cytokines that initiate healing. This results in a response with some features in common with an allergic reaction. Itching is a normal part of this response and is actually a good sign that the wound is healing properly.

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A 28-year-old member asked:

Will an ice pack relieve my itchiness better than a cold compress?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: The 2 are equivalent. Either one is fine. If it isn't working, Hydrocortisone cream on the itchy area or antihistamine pills (like benadryl) may help.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Why does my bottom itch at night?

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Dr. Christopher Quinn
Emergency Medicine 17 years experience
Worms?: You may have pinworms and should be checked by your healthcare provider to be sure. The worms come out when it's dark to feed.
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A 22-year-old member asked:

Is it common to have an itchy bellybutton? If so, what can I do to make it better?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
Yes: It is common, especially as the skin over the belly button stretches. You can take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or use Hydrocortisone cream on it to ease the itch if would like.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How are hives treated if itchy?

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Dr. Jeffrey Rosch
Allergy and Immunology 49 years experience
Itchy hives: The itching associated with hives is usually responsive to at least some extent to oral antihistamines, but often require higher than standard doses.
A member asked:

What does it mean if you have itchy bumps on the upper inner thighs?

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Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Dermatitis: You probably have some type of dermatitis. You should see your dermatologist for treatment and evaluation.

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