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Why do my scars still itch?

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Last Updated: 05/08/2018 at 1:07am
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December 11th, 2015 3:45am
they may not have healed all the way, or all that well. the itching could also be subconscious, but it feels as though it is prominent.
December 31st, 2015 12:00am
So that you wont forget about their existence and why they are there. Ignoring them would mean that you did not learn anything from them, and that can be fatal.
January 2nd, 2016 4:02pm
mostly because they are tied to really important goals in my life and it can't be helped to touch them whenever something "bad" or frustating happens in my way to achieving those goals. Myabe is a matter of unclosed cycles, maybe not.
January 10th, 2016 2:02pm
Scars itch can mean they are healing, the skin overtime heals itself and this is a way that the skin encourages the healing process.
May 8th, 2018 1:07am
When wounds heal, they scab over, and that can itch. Even after the scan has completely healed, it can still itch because of the connections your brain has made to scars and itching.
December 17th, 2014 3:03am
It probably depends on what kind of a tool you used. Was it rusted? If it was, then please go consult a doctor. This may be the reason why it still itches.
December 22nd, 2014 5:58am
It is normal for your scars to itch, especially in the process of getting it dry. Try to soothe it with some moisturizer. It can relieve some itch.
April 1st, 2015 4:10am
Scars are permanent, and until they heal they will continue to remind you that they are there; continuing to itch.
June 18th, 2015 10:49pm
Wounds itch, meaning they're healing. It might be a good idea to apply some sort of soothing cream to it, and it might help get rid of the itch. If you think it's a more serious problem, please contact a doctor or dermotologist :)
June 19th, 2015 4:47am
The less you think about them, the less they'll itch. They remind you of the reason they are there so is better to keep your mind busy and positive.
June 19th, 2015 4:53am
your scars probably still itch, because they are trying to heal, but sometimes your body sees them as healing wounds, and if you think about it scars are healing wounds, mine still get itchy to.
June 19th, 2015 9:47am
Assuming we're talking about self harm scars, well at one point you did inflict something sharp on your skin and hence it did have an impact. It might be just temporary irritation which will eventually get better, you can always try some ointments or creams. But remember to not scratch them when they itch, practice self control! As far as the feeling and the urge to itch them is concerned, it is best recommended to seek a professional, you might have stopped with actual self harm but maybe you still need a bit of guidance.
June 19th, 2015 4:16pm
Your scars may still itch from the skin tissue healing in the deeper layers, new cell growth, or infection.
June 19th, 2015 8:45pm
Because they heal. You must not scratch! ! ! ! ! @! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !! !!!!!
June 20th, 2015 3:30am
It's part of the healing process. Stinging will occur in the first stage of deep cuts. Itching is next.
June 20th, 2015 6:45am
Well it depends on how long its been but you may have messed up a nerve. Not 100% sure though, I'm sorry.
June 20th, 2015 5:33pm
It's part of healing :) Also, I know it's very hard and I can understand you but..try to fight the urge to cut yourself... :)
June 21st, 2015 8:15am
It could be that they are still healing. If they have already healed they could be still quite sensitive, even to fabrics. It can be useful to use creams or oils to help them heal further.
June 21st, 2015 12:07pm
No they don't, they did for a few weeks but it's been a few years now. they just look really ugly.
June 21st, 2015 4:34pm
Scars can itch when you still think about self harm. Mine itched when I thought about it, but also because they're a new part of you. They're a new piece of your body and you're not used to it, so you scratch at them.
June 21st, 2015 6:25pm
they are healing and sometimes when you feel like you did when you made them it makes you think of it again.
June 24th, 2015 12:44am
Because they are still healing and you must let them ehal correctly and not scratch them! like sometimes I do with bug stings hehehe
June 24th, 2015 3:41am
Scars itching is a natural thing. Although the scientific explanation is long and boring, The important thing is to know that it is normal and based on your body adjusting to the new tissue being created.
June 24th, 2015 4:29am
Scars are unhealing wounds on the body that is caused by self-harm or other harms.They can itch due to the body's intention or irritation to have body contact with them.
June 24th, 2015 5:59am
It should indicate a sign they are healing. However this could mean a series of things, such as infections. I strongly recommend you get it checked.
June 24th, 2015 1:34pm
Part of the healing process where your body regrows that part of skin. After making a crust the wound would still itch.
June 24th, 2015 8:16pm
It does take a while for certain scars to heal. After time and care, it won't be as irritating. Just make sure to stay clean
June 24th, 2015 11:45pm
When your scars itch, it means they aren't fully healed yet. It's completely normal. Your skin becomes patchy and dry in those areas where a scab is forming so that's why it can itch. Regularly applying special ointments can help calm the itch and help prevent scarring. Just don't itch it!
June 25th, 2015 4:03am
Scars take a while to heal and itching is normal when the healing of tissue is near the end. Other reasons fir itching could mean a rash but if it looks like the scars are healing don't worry about the itch too much that'd the way skin heals.
June 25th, 2015 1:45pm
Well, some of the minor nerves were probably cut and the itch is just the electrical signals coming to a halt at the end of the cut nerve.