Christie Matthews

Itching Really Can Be Contagious

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You know how sometimes when you see someone scratching ,  suddenly you find yourself scratching too?  Well, you’re not the only one.  

 

The reason I bring this up is because I sat with my daughter last week as she had allergy testing done by our friend Dr. Snodgrass “ The Sneeze Doctor” at the Allergy Clinic.  

 

They marked the inside of her arms with a purple marker and then they proceed to do little pricks of numerous things that she could be allergic to.  Then you sit and wait to see what causes a mosquito bite  type bump. The thing is, you can’t scratch no matter what.  Just watching those bumps made me scratch my own arms. 

 

I know, I was a big help. LOL !  In an effort to help keep HER from scratching we decided to Google and see if there was science to back up the reason I was scratching or if I was just having a mother/daughter connection.

 

Well guess what, we found that according to a study at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina, itching really CAN be contagious.

 

The researchers found that when you see someone scratching, your brain instinctively becomes hypersensitive . . . and thinks you have an itch too.  So, before you know it, you start scratching.

 

It’s the same way that yawns are contagious.  When you see someone yawn, your brain thinks you’re tired too, so you also yawn. So the next time you see someone scratching, see if you get the urge to scratch too!

 

 

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