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Why do my scars still itch?

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July 3rd, 2015 6:14am
they itch because its apart of healing it shows that there is still some damage under the skin but that your body is working to heal itself
July 3rd, 2015 2:54pm
Scars can itch for a really long time, even are they have healed. If they are between two or three months old, the itching can be part of the healing process but sometimes, especially if you scars are deep or thick you can develop fibrous lumps in them which will be aggravating and itchy and occasionally cause swelling. I take over the counter antihistamines to counter act my itchy scars - but if they are becoming very problematic is might be a good idea to see a GP. You might also find ice packs and soothing topical or moisturising creams help.
July 3rd, 2015 7:29pm
Scars are like scabs. They'll itch for a while. It will eventually go away! I know from my past ^-^
July 4th, 2015 3:42am
old scars can still feel like the pain of the time they where caused. I think your brain still registers the pain and tells your mind its an itch
July 4th, 2015 4:44am
It's because they haven't healed well yet. You should search up on how to get rid of the itch, It's for the best
July 4th, 2015 10:55am
In part, this itching may be due to the healing process. It may also be due in part to some dryness of the skin overlying the scar. Finally, it is partly to due to the fact that small nerve endings that were cut during the surgery are growing back into the area.
July 4th, 2015 4:26pm
Itching is a normal way of the healing process. Wound healing is a very long and complex process which progresses in stages. There are three stages of wound healing: 1. Inflamation; 2. Proliferation; and 3. Remodeling.
July 4th, 2015 9:10pm
It is still going through the healing process. It might take some time to heal completely, as well as mentally.
July 5th, 2015 1:06am
They itch because you remember how you felt when you cut. The brain associates the feeling with the scar, it's a psychological response to a past experience or current experience that made a huge impact in your life.
July 5th, 2015 5:10am
They may still be healing. Try not to scratch them and just let them heal. Also, rubbing lotion on them can help the itch.
July 5th, 2015 3:10pm
Because you haven't applied the "correct cream"to stop the itch. Once that has been applied, then it should stop.
July 5th, 2015 4:47pm
It's a subconscious thing. Because harming can become addictive (due to the release of endorphins when you harm), it's your brain trying to trick you into doing it again.
July 5th, 2015 8:45pm
because they are still healing. dont itch them because that might open them up more and you need them to heal. just moisturise them
July 5th, 2015 11:54pm
They probably aren't fully healed.. If they are turning odd colours then you have an infection and should seek medical help ASAP.
July 8th, 2015 3:00am
They may be infected, you would need to see a doctor or make sure and apply ointment of some kind to help sooth it and get rid of the infection
July 8th, 2015 9:20am
I have a scar that still itches. I've read it was because of the healing process and blood was traveling to that area to repair itself.
July 8th, 2015 1:57pm
your scars are still itching because they are healing, it also maybe because of the heat in summer
July 8th, 2015 5:10pm
Because also you have a scar and it looks as though the body has been healed it can take months or even years for a scar to truly heal. Try to avoid itching because it can cause more damage to the epithelial tissue and nerve endings.
July 8th, 2015 9:45pm
Maybe they're infected, see a doctor. Do you pick at them? If you do, don't. It's never good to.....
July 9th, 2015 3:26am
They might still be healing. Even if they look completely healed, there might be some internal healing going on. My dermatologist said to massage my scars with vasoline to help itching and to promote scar fading. :)
July 9th, 2015 6:31am
Any cut that draws blood also goes through the skin, and cuts the nervous tissue and those connections. As the nerves regrow, they can cause a tingling or itching sensation, which can also be from the skin rubbing over the nerve endings that aren't fully grown back. As nervous tissue takes a while to heal, the itching may last for a while, depending on the area.
July 9th, 2015 10:55am
Scars that continue to itch after long periods of time, such as months or even years, are usually burn or keloid scars. Although it's not completely known why they do so, most doctors believe that they itch due to healing. It's possible for deep wounds to take many years to completely heal. Some itch due to the constant stretching of the skin when you move, others due to dryness or friction. The most effective thing to do is to keep moisturizing the area to reduce the irritation.
July 9th, 2015 12:22pm
Because scars are part of your skin, just skin forming over a damaged area of your skin. It honestly because of irratiation sometimes.
July 9th, 2015 12:59pm
My itch too sometimes. It is quite natural. It is just the skin getting irritated at times. Those will go.
July 9th, 2015 6:09pm
Because they are healing, try not to itch, it's going to be okay. Let them heal, and use them as a reflection!
July 10th, 2015 4:12am
Scars itching can be annoying, but the reason they itch is because the nerve endings were damaged. Don't worry about it because you know it will be healing.
July 10th, 2015 6:57am
This itching may be due to the healing process. It may also be due in part to some dryness of the skin overlying the scar. Finally, it is partly to due to the fact that small nerve endings that were cut during the surgery are growing back into the area.
July 10th, 2015 7:40am
Sometimes scar wounds can get irritated, but it helps to keep the scar wounds clean with soap and water. When the scars have healed better and, rather than an open wound, feels more like a bump on your skin, you can use lotion to help it stay smooth! I personally love Aveeno, and generally any light scented lotions should help!
July 10th, 2015 4:18pm
There could be multiple reasons for this but since we can't see them, we can only have a shot in the dark and throw guesses at you. If you're ever really concerned about anything medical to do with your body, your GP is always the person you should definitely see. They're not only qualified to give you advice and any medications you may need but they also know you, your situation and your history. They will be able to give you a much more accurate answer than any of us ever could. I hope this helps.
July 10th, 2015 8:16pm
It may also be due in part to some dryness of the skin overlying the scar. It is also partly to due to the fact that small nerve endings that were cut during the injury are still growing back into the area.