Both the symptom of itching and the scratching it provokes significantly contribute to the burden of living with atopic dermatitis. The “itch-scratch cycle” as it is commonly referred to is the skin feels itchy, which leads the person to scratch, which then causes the skin to feel even itchier, this cycle then perpetuates the disease. While it may seem helpful to tell someone to stop scratching as it will reduce the “itch-scratch cycle” it isn’t helpful advice to someone who is suffering from AD. The itching and scratching can lead to psychological distress, difficulty concentrating, disruption of sleep, and physical damage to the skin barrier which leads to increased water loss, increased risk of infection, increased inflammation, and lichenification (thickening of the skin that is constantly itchy) *from atopicdermatitis.net
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An allergic response in dogs often takes the form of an itchy skin. Dogs are exposed to allergens in their environment on a daily basis. Those dogs that have a weakened or dysfunctional skin barrier are affected by the penetration of environmental irritants and allergens into the first layer of the skin. This triggers an inflammatory response, which stimulates an itch sensation. Dogs are prompted to scratch the itchy skin, which further weakens the skin barrier and causes breakages in the skin. As a result more allergens and irritants enter the skin, perpetuating the itching and associated scratching.
Allergies such as food allergies, contact allergies and flea allergies are relatively easy to control by removing the offending allergen, for example changing the dog’s diet to a hypoallergenic diet or getting rid of the fleas.
There is however a broad category of allergens that are very difficult to eliminate and these are often the cause of most itchy skins in dogs.
These allergens include: • Tree pollen
• Grass pollens
• House dust mite
I'll be honest, eczema is something I get very touchy over; I hardly ever post things about my eczema on social media because it gets me down but here goes... I have lived with eczema my whole life with no cure/end in sight, every day is painful, I can't always straighten my limbs fully because it is so bad. I get very self conscious about my eczema, I was bullied for it at school and I always worry that people judge me for it, eczema is NOT contagious! You won't catch it if you come near me! One of the many things that people don't understand about eczema is the constant itch, I'm told over and over "just ignore it" "just don't scratch" but it's not that easy! I cannot describe an itch like it, it's worse than a mosquito bite, it's worse than an itch on your back that you can't reach, and it's constant, I have never found a way to not be itchy 😔 I have tried everything but yet here I am still in pain and still suffering, my hope is that one day I will grow out of it and I'll be able to look back and think I got through that, but rn it's just a game of "hmm will it scar this time"... maybe the nights of sleeping with ice packs and wrapping myself in bandages will pay off one day, but for right now I just want to get some awareness of the condition out there! Eczema won't hurt you, if it's visible to you it will have taken me a lot of confidence to leave the house that day so please don't be rude! This has taken me a lot to write so if you have read it thank you💞