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Remedy for Itching Still Works
Re: your article titled Bitching About Itching: Controlling P would be so much easier if they'd just invent something to turn off the itch! (Posted January 1998)
You wrote: "No, what we need is a topical pain killer that affects itching only, but does so reliably and for a predictable length of time."
An ice cube has an anesthetic effect on itching. It seems to paralyze the nerves for quite a long time. It's a primitive remedy, and some people may find it a little painful, but I prefer that to any horrific itching. Keep the ice cube moving and it's not really painful at all. Sheer relief, in my opinion.
I just discovered your website, Flake HQ, a couple of days ago. Thanks for all your time, effort, and accomplishment regarding the website. Good luck. -Linda B.
Ed’s Response: Thanks, Linda. And an ice cube can work wonders. I remember my mother applying an ice cube to my insect bites (after a mud pack to draw out the poison). To be honest, I hadn’t thought about ice cubes against itching lesions. I can tell you where I’ll try it next time I need to: my feet! The itch created by lesions on my feet is the worst. One, it’s not often convenient to scratch your feet; two, when lesions there are bad enough to drive me crazy with itching, scratching usually draws blood. An ice cube might be just the ticket to a few moments of relief.Thanks, Linda. I’m glad you found us! -Ed