WiredPRNews.com — According to a report from Live Science, itching can be linked to stress. In a study conducted on mice, when put under stress, the immune system becomes activated and itching occurs. The results from the mice study is said to be applicable to humans as well.
Itching has long been a mysterious response of the body for researchers. It shares similar characteristics as pain; however, as stated in the report, in some cases it may overreact and lead to serious pro-longed conditions such as dermatitis.
Stress is linked to the exacerbation or development of numerous conditions, including those of the skin. For the mice study, scientists induced stress in mice and it was revealed that the response was an increase in white blood cells released to the skin. The study conducted to test the effect of stress on diseases of the skin was published in the American Journal of Pathology’s November issue.