There’s nothing quite like scratching an itch. It feels great. Why? Because the pain temporarily interrupts the itchiness, and serotonin is released. The problem is that when it’s a serious itch like a fungal infection or eczema, the itch can’t be satiated. You end up stuck in a cycle and quite often people scratch until they bleed.
Two things helped me get some respite from this ringworm issue last night. One was using a trick I learned from getting a tattoo, which is to slap the itch instead of scratching it. With a tattoo, if you scratch, you will almost certainly get an infection and lose the beautiful art you spent a bunch of money on. With a fungal infection, scratching leads to spreading the infection.
The other helpful thing was to numb it with cold. Frozen green beans for the win. I remember seeing that in a movie. It might have been Big Daddy.
Be careful what itches you scratch because you might never find relief.
Speaking of relief, I’m off to have a baking soda bath as those have been helpful.