Our skin is meant to protect us and is always renewing itself.It is not meant to be in a state of irritation to our psyches.
Furthermore, be aware that after reading The Itch you will begin to itch! For me it should be about watching the weather reports and trying to find ways of ‘brain state conditioning’ (again, not an easy task!
) when I know a dramatic weather change is about to happen.
The new theory suggests ways of “careful manipulation of our perception”. We don’t all have a Diane Jacobs in our neighborhoods. But, that takes an awfully long time and in an acute attack is not very helpful, nor are many of us aware how to do this.
If you find this article by Gawande be prepared to read it several times and even then it is not an easy read, (nor is the work of Jacobs). In the meantime: cold packs help somewhat; meditation and other relaxing practices to soothe the nervous system before the itching happens; massaging the areas gently when the itching begins; hypoallergenic moisture creams can be somewhat useful and above all documenting when the last attack happened so that we can forstall further frustrating suffering events.
Only by constant massaging of my body parts do I get some degree of relief.
When the hurricane passes us by I know the itching will subside until the next stressful event or a dramatic weather change.
This is difficult living as I do in bad weather climate most of the year! the autumn season is upon us and hurricanes abound.
Scratching the invisible itch will not bring any relief I am sad to say!
But, there are many cases when the skin itself can become our own enemy.
The skin is the largest sensory organ of the body with more than 4 million receptors which help to identify stimuli like pressure, heat, cold and pain.
They now believe it to be a different order of sensation”.