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I've evidently got too much time on my hands with some of the damnedest things I set around and think and wonder about... :eek: :eek: ;)

Why do y'all suppose it is that when we have any kind of open sore caused by any means imaginable that when it really starts healing it begins to itch? And sometimes itch at an almost uncontrollable urge? :eek:

We all know that by scratching at it to the point of breaking it open again is to open an invitation for infection... let alone being a detriment to healing so why do we have that urge too scratch to begin with?
To me it almost stands to reason that the continued evolution of we Homo Sapien got fouled up along the way either that or it was something the Great Mystery overlooked but surely that can't be true as The Great Mystery being all things Omni- overlooks nothing...

And barring all these questions just when and how did we learn to quit/stop scratching at a sore or wound and if we didn't learn it ourselves - - - then who taught us?!?!? :confused:

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To me it almost stands to reason that the continued evolution of we Homo Sapien got fouled up along the way either that or it was something the Great Mystery overlooked but surely that can't be true as The Great Mystery being all things Omni- overlooks nothing...

maybe Great Mystery wants us to build character and thought that it would be a good tool in the character building process :eek: -

but if i could understand the Great mystery then it wouldn't be a mystery and that would screw up the whole idea?

but then again knowing that if i knew that knowing would screw it up and trying to set aside what i think i know so that i dont know and thereby remain teachable and humble might just be another part of the character building process

ya know?
 
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I meant the previous post in good nature fun not meant to be smart assed - re read it and i realized it may sound different than the way i meant it
 

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I think it's the same reason why while wearing a cast the most nagging itch will always be furthest away from the opening and/or JUST out of reach of the longest impromptu scratcher you can find:p

I broke my forearm playing football as a teenager, and I swear to Goodness it felt like tarantulas were nesting between my elbow and my knuckles:eek:
 
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Well ... pain is the body warning us, "something's wrong."

But itching- you're right, makes no sense. Scratch it, lose the scab, get infection/scar. :confused: How this serves future generations, I dunno.

:D I got it! Put Ballistol on the wound. It has a lot of purposes, maybe it will stop the itching. :D You CAN put it on cuts, I've done it.


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itching causes scars, chicks dig scars, itchy guy gets the girl and passes on his itchy genetics.
 
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Thanks for your replies y'all! However it's quite obvious to me that I didn't make what I consider to be the most important part of my question clear enough. :eek:

I've evidently got too much time on my hands with some of the damnedest things I set around and think and wonder about... :eek: :eek: ;)

Why do y'all suppose it is that when we have any kind of open sore caused by any means imaginable that when it really starts healing it begins to itch? And sometimes itch at an almost uncontrollable urge?
:eek:


And barring all these questions just when and how did we learn to quit/stop scratching at a sore or wound - - - - - - - and if we didn't learn it ourselves - - - then who taught us?!?!? :confused:

I know it's a question that cannot be answered because whatever the answer may be it lies in eons long past or perhaps when the Medicine People came on scene. But to me it's one of those questions I like to ponder on perhaps because it's one of those "what if," "suppose" questions that the MUFON, Ancient Aliens, or Long Dead Past Lost Civilizations groups might ask.:eek: ;) :D :p


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i think all mammals with healing wounds must find them itchy & irritating. my dogs certainly did, it may be related to the new tissues being grown to fill the gap are mildly putting pressure on and irritating the nerves in the area, and the nerves have to learn that the new bits are OK. the area healing is also normally moist and if it dries out a bit, the nerves think that something is wrong until balance is restored. they know something is happening that is not quite right yet. in other words, lick your wounds and carry on.
 
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i think all mammals with healing wounds must find them itchy & irritating. my dogs certainly did, it may be related to the new tissues being grown to fill the gap are mildly putting pressure on and irritating the nerves in the area, and the nerves have to learn that the new bits are OK. the area healing is also normally moist and if it dries out a bit, the nerves think that something is wrong until balance is restored. they know something is happening that is not quite right yet. in other words, lick your wounds and carry on.

I wholeheartedly agree Wayne! Our Rat Terrier "Ace" is the very same way as every other dog that's been a close companion over the years.

Ace however like all other animals, including mankind, often itches for no apparent reason
and then, if he can reach it, will dig, scratch, and nibble at it until it's an open sore, unlike us with ointments, creams, and lotions who tries to keep our hand's off of it so as to not make it sore...

So what I'm curious about is when and how did we learn that scratching and digging at an itchy spot was bad for us?
And like I've said before, "I realize that this is an unanswerable question" or at the least simply a supposition.
The same question can be applied to any sudden advancement in mankind's evolution that either had the potential or actually did make our lives easier. A couple of instances is the invention of the atlatl and the bow and arrow...
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Yuh nSuh?

I warned you about mixing meds. Did you listen? NOOOoooooooo.

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You been ok, Friend?

In my mind, you are.


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Itching is the true "poor man's" hobby. If you can't afford a TV and don't work you just sit around and scratch. It's pretty natural. :rolleyes:
 
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The body releases histamine when it is wounded and this may have something to do with the itching, a sort of allergic reaction. When we get sunburned the body also releases histamine and we experience sunburn itch.
 
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I had a loose board in my hayloft and went thru up to the thigh last week.

The shin and knee raked the oak 4x4 that the hayloft board was supposed to be setting on and gave me a nice sidewalk burn.

It's been itching like hell and this thread just reminded me to scratch it again!:D;)
 
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The itching comes from irritation as new flesh grows and start displacing the scabs (I asked my doctor).

Judging by this thread we haven't learned to stop scratching at them ;).

We scratch at them because beyond a certain point, the scar tissue impedes new tissue growth and needs to be removed so that complete healing occurs.

I don't know if you've noticed, but on wounds that "completely heal" under a cast or bandage (that we can't pick at) leave scars, but the one I pick at while they heal don't leave permanent scars.
 
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