Chia (dnivera) wrote in eczematic,
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The Neurological Basis of Pruritis

I came across this article recently in the New Yorker about a woman who had an itch so bad that she scratched through her scalp, skull, and into her brain. Another patient died from scratching through his carotid artery.

Interesting article. I have certainly felt this way at the height of an eczema flareup. I've also bound my hands and taped up my nails because I was scratching in my sleep. I hope the research community continues to come up with practical solutions to this.

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/06/30/080630fa_fact_gawande?currentPage=1
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