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Why does a touch/poke to my skin hurt so badly sometimes?

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Dr. Merrill Reuter
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Hypersensitivity

Could be inflammatory.
Depends on if other changes like redness or swelling or blanching also occur.

In brief: Hypersensitivity

Could be inflammatory.
Depends on if other changes like redness or swelling or blanching also occur.
Dr. Merrill Reuter
Dr. Merrill Reuter
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine

In brief: Sensitive skin

A number of factors can make your skin sensitive and cause pain with a relatively minor touch or poke.
For example, a sunburn or other skin injury, or if you are about to break out in a rash from a viral illness, or if you are having a skin reaction to a medication, you may be more sensitive. Some people are just naturally more sensitive to touch.

In brief: Sensitive skin

A number of factors can make your skin sensitive and cause pain with a relatively minor touch or poke.
For example, a sunburn or other skin injury, or if you are about to break out in a rash from a viral illness, or if you are having a skin reaction to a medication, you may be more sensitive. Some people are just naturally more sensitive to touch.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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