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itch-scratch cycle

eczema and the itch-scratch cycle

When I first started on my quest to find out as much as I could about eczema to help my little one, the term ‘itch-scratch cycle’ kept coming up. It sounded pretty straight forward but I had no idea how important it was in managing my little one’s eczema.

What is the itch-scratch cycle in eczema?

The itch-scratch cycle is exactly that – a cycle which happens in eczema where you feel itchy and then you scratch. It’s what the scratching of the skin causes that creates a problem. Scratching does two things, firstly it makes your little one scratch even more because a chemical called histamine is released when they scratch which makes them even more itchy. The other thing scratching does is damage the skin which lets bacteria in to cause infection.

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