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How does scratching the skin cause a rash?

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Old 06-02-2003, 04:58 PM   #1
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Post How does scratching the skin cause a rash?

I'm not sure if this should go into this forum or the allergy forum, but, I was just wondering what make a rash on the skin when you scratch it? I'm speaking of scratching the skin when it somewhat itches, not just scratching for no reason. Although, could scratching for no reason cause a rash? Hmmm.....

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Old 06-02-2003, 09:27 PM   #2
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Scratching the skin irritates it, which is why it turns red- even if you scratch it for no reason. But sometimes if you are scratching a rash or something it can cause the rash to spread, like poison ivy, because there are chemicals in that part of the skin from the infection.

Old 06-03-2003, 01:44 AM   #3
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Yeah, but, what if you scratch because something itches and there's no rash there BEFORE you scratch it and then when you scratch, there forms a rash? Does that make sense? Another words, can a rash lie "dormat" under the skin? Sometimes when I scratch, alls it does is turn a little pink but in this particular place (the inside fold of the elbow just above the crease)I scratch and a small rash deveops and I'm trying to figure out why. Could it be an allergy, could it be a reaction to a tanning spray, could it be because it may get warm in that area, could it be from something that I have eaten that I may be allergic to (although, I'm not sure if that were the case the rash would be in one little area)I don't know. It's just for the past 3 days, when I scratch there or even dry off with a towel from the shower, it appears, goes away...appears...goes away etc...could be be eczema or dermatitis (I have allergies)Hmmmmmmmm..........

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