Itching is a distressing symptom. A survey of people with eczema showed that they minded more about the itching than about the appearance of their skin. There are lots of possible causes of itching but, quite often, no cause can be identified.

Fascinating Facts

  • 3% of people seeing their family doctor do so because of itching
  • In Roman times, hot sulphur baths were taken to get rid of scabies
  • A few days after the euro was introduced in Spain, 20 people needed hospital treatment for itching of their hands. Nickel in the euro coins was responsible. A spokesman for the European Central Bank said people were so excited by the new coins that they were handling them excessively (Independent)


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Reviewed and edited by: Fiona Elliott
Last updated: December 2020

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