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Can scratching skin allergies cause permanent skin damage?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Lee Perry
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Possible, unlikely
Chronic skin conditions that cause itch and subsequent scratching can usually be treated, and if they are treated adequately, the skin can often heal.

In brief: Possible, unlikely
Chronic skin conditions that cause itch and subsequent scratching can usually be treated, and if they are treated adequately, the skin can often heal.
Dr. Lee Perry
Dr. Lee Perry
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Dr. Lily Hwang
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Scratching can cause skin to open and lead to secondary infections.
Continued scratching can cause the skin to scar, thicken, or turn darker than your normal skin tone. Best to find out the cause of your scratching and get it treated so you don't cause permanent scarring, thickening.

In brief: Yes
Scratching can cause skin to open and lead to secondary infections.
Continued scratching can cause the skin to scar, thicken, or turn darker than your normal skin tone. Best to find out the cause of your scratching and get it treated so you don't cause permanent scarring, thickening.
Dr. Lily Hwang
Dr. Lily Hwang
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