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scratching

1. the common motor response to pruritus in dogs and cats. It frequently causes more severe injury and secondary infection to the skin.
2. withdrawing a horse or Greyhound from a race after it has finally accepted.
3. a rodeo term for when a horse's sides are raked with spurs.

Patient discussion about scratching

Q. why do allergy effects comes usually in sorts of sneezing and scratching and more other thing like that?

A. It's because the substances released in the allergic reaction of the immune system to the allergen, like histamine, cause sensation of itching. They also cause increased secretion of mucus from the lining of the throat, which irritates the airway and cause sneezing.

You may read more here:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Histamine

Q. Is there any information out there regarding a severe allergy to cat scratches? Is there any information out there regarding a severe allergy to cat scratches? I am not referring to "cat scratch fever" disease, but an allergy where the site of the scratch becomes swollen and red, and the person has hives and trouble breathing. Thanks so much!

A. Greetings Humble Earthling! It sounds like you have two or more things going on. First, cat scratch fever is caused by a parasite and comes on 1 to 2 weeks after the scratch. Allergic reactions are immediate.
Now, if the site of the scratch is swollen and red, that could be due to minor infection and just the process of healing.

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Scratching also creates visual and scent `markers' of a cat's territory.
There is a direct physical connection between the artist and the film itself, whether sloshing it about in a bucket of chemicals or painstakingly scratching through the emulsion.
The problem begins when a relatively mild itch elicits scratching, which in turn stimulates nerve fibers in the skin that prolong and intensify the itching, which generates more scratching, and so on.
If itching is not treated, it can lead to intense, relentless scratching or rubbing, which can ultimately irritate the skin.
Emollients and topical steroids (creams) are used to tackle each stage of the vicious circle - the dry skin, the eczema, the itch, and the scratching.
The results suggest that, whereas the sensation of itch may be effectively transmitted by viewing others experiencing itch-related stimuli on the body, the desire to scratch is more effectively provoked by viewing others scratching," the BBC quoted Prof Francis McGlone, a cognitive neuroscientist at Liverpool John Moores University, who led the study, as saying.
Try to avoid scratching and the NP will slowly disappear, but you will still be very itchy for some weeks.
This article focuses on quantifying the amount of healing that takes place in a model polyurethane clearcoat designed to recover from scratching events compared to that of a commercial acrylic/melamine/silane clearcoat.
Scratching is usually associated with deeper deformation lines that may occur alone or in multiples.
The act of scratching on film, and even morel specifically the act of scratching on film while the film is moving through the projector, is at the centre of Hebert's art.
which makes corrugated-cardboard cat scratching boxes, had heard complaints that their original, 5-inch-wide Cat Scratcher, although popular with lithe felines, had its limits.
Thus far, she notes, social scratching has not been reported for any of several other long-studied chimp populations.