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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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July 11th, 2015 2:22am
When fresh wounds turn into scars, it itches because its healing. The scar part is not done healing and will itch when its 3-4 months old aswell.
July 11th, 2015 6:01am
This can be a psychological problem where your depression wants to remind you, or it could just be normal
July 11th, 2015 11:58am
You should see the doctor for a consultation. You should get a professional advice as it can cause infection.
July 11th, 2015 3:16pm
they're scars and if you think about them a lot, it probably makes them itch because you're thinking about them in general.
July 11th, 2015 5:06pm
Your arms still itch because you have cut open your skin. Your skin believes that it is trying to fight an infection or something.
July 11th, 2015 10:12pm
I am not a doctor, but perhaps the skin is still healing. Things often itch when they are healing, so perhaps the scar tissue is still doing a bit of mending around that area. It could be that or a psychological itch that is reminding you of the scars.
July 12th, 2015 4:13am
When scars heal they become dryer than the other parts of your skin. I use cocoa butter when my scars starts to itch and it stops the itching usually within 20 minutes.
July 12th, 2015 12:20pm
Sometimes it's a matter of a habit. You should notice it and intentionally ignore. You can also see a dermatologist, if it's been for too long and you're already over it.
July 12th, 2015 12:25pm
Not sure if you mean an emotional/mental itch, like you want to hurt yourself more because you're unhappy or a physical itch... but it could be psychological. Otherwise see your doctor if your scars don't look/feel right. They should be healing, unless you're not leaving the scars alone.
July 12th, 2015 5:15pm
I am not sure why scars still itch. This is a medical problem and I suggest you consult your physician.
July 15th, 2015 12:08am
If they have already faded away, then it's probably because of your own mind. When you look at the part of your body where the scar was, for a second if you feel everything you felt on the moment you got the scar, and that makes it feel like it's itching. Sometimes it can also be a way to forget about what that scar has once meant. Or even it seems like it's itching so you remember that there's a scar there, and that represents a part of you.
July 15th, 2015 1:32pm
It depends. If they are scars from deep wounds, they will probably itch for longer, as it will take longer for them to heal fully. A tip I would give is to not scratch or pick off the scab, as it can delay the healing process.
July 15th, 2015 9:23pm
They are healing! They itch because of dead skin I believe. But, if they itch, don't scratch them! You'll do more damage & disrupt your immune system's process of healing them.
July 16th, 2015 1:21pm
Sometimes the memory of the wound can cause them to itch. I've noticed if your stressed that can cause them to itch as well, kind of a reminder from when it happened.
July 17th, 2015 5:11pm
Most scars, self-inflicted or not, tend to itch occasionally. It's perfectly normal and just part of the healing process.
July 17th, 2015 7:20pm
Probably because you think about them, or your body thinks that they're still fresh. It might just be because you're overthinking the fact that you have scars, so your brain's sending phantom itches to the scars. It's like when you think about head lice and suddenly your head feels itchy.
July 18th, 2015 5:28am
If they itch still then they probably aren't fully healed or whatever you used could have caused some kind of reaction.
July 18th, 2015 4:57pm
Most likely, your itching is due to the healing process. The nerves in your skin are healing and sending signals that can be experienced as itching. It can be uncomfortable and may last months or even years. If it is really bothersome you can check with your doctor for assessment and treatment if needed.
July 18th, 2015 10:09pm
Because they are still sensitive, try getting some anti itch cream? Just don't scratch it'll get much worse do you do.
July 18th, 2015 11:30pm
Sometimes scars will itch due to weather change. Sometimes they still me be fresh scars so that will itch/irritate your skin. Also I found that in high stress or anxious or depressive situations I tend to itch in general and that increases the itching of scars.
July 19th, 2015 3:01pm
Scars can itch if they are still healing and if it is constant on a daily basis try and see your local doctor as they will try and find out why.
July 22nd, 2015 2:23am
The itching of scars may be part of the healing process, and I would strongly advise against scratching them, for this may draw blood. I would suggest getting your scars checked over by a dermatologist, as I am not a trained medical professional in this aspect.
July 22nd, 2015 3:42pm
They are still healing even though they are scars!! new skin is still groing. they also may be dried out. Putting lotion on them should help!
July 22nd, 2015 7:02pm
I'm not sure I can say mine do too, and they're almost invisible. I've tried moisturizing and it does help a bit.
July 22nd, 2015 10:28pm
Your scars probably still itch because your body is still trying to heal where the cuts were or it could be something environmental effecting that area of your body.
July 23rd, 2015 1:48am
because they are healing just like your battle with self harm (: its getting better. its normal doesn't mean anything bad
July 23rd, 2015 9:31am
Itching may be due to the healing process, or some dryness of the skin overlying the scar. It is partly to due to the fact that small nerve endings that were damaged are growing back into the area. Even after they have healed they may itch for a while. If they stretch they will also itch. Check with your doctor about obtaining a good moisturiser.
July 23rd, 2015 10:22am
It might be because they are still in a healing process. But if you feel there is something off, you should go get them checked by a profesional
July 23rd, 2015 4:38pm
That is a problem that is not uncommon maybe if it gets too irritating see a professional to see if they can offer something to help! Do not stress about it thought it is very normal.
July 23rd, 2015 10:24pm
Because they might not be healed fully yet you should ask a health professional for more advice !☺️☺️