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Fortifying Friday - Scratching an Itch



There's nothing quite like scratching an itch. It feels great. Why? Because the pain temporarily interrupts the itchiness, and serotonin is released. The problem is that when it's a serious itch like a fungal infection or eczema, the itch can't be satiated. You end up stuck in a cycle and quite often people scratch until they bleed.

Two things helped me get some respite from this ringworm issue last night. One was using a trick I learned from getting a tattoo, which is to slap the itch instead of scratching it. With a tattoo, if you scratch, you will almost certainly get an infection and lose the beautiful art you spent a bunch of money on. With a fungal infection, scratching leads to spreading the infection. 

The other helpful thing was to numb it with cold. Frozen green beans for the win. I remember seeing that in a movie. It might have been Big Daddy.

Be careful what itches you scratch because you might never find relief.

Speaking of relief, I'm off to have a baking soda bath as those have been helpful.

Ciao,

R~

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