Itchy Wool Sweaters Explained

January 2, 2013 at 2:19 pm Leave a comment

Itchy wool sweaters are one of the most annoying paradoxes known to man. On the one hand, they are extremely warm and in the freezing cold Canadian winters our minds scream for the comfort they promise to provide. On the other hand, wool against skin is so darn itchy! To wear wool or not to wear wool? That is the question. How can something so appealing be so very uncomfortable. A group of American scientists may have found the answer.

Johns Hopkins researchers have uncovered strong evidence that mice have a specific set of nerve cells that signal itch but not pain, a finding that may settle a decades-long debate about these sensations, and, if confirmed in humans, help in developing treatments for chronic itch, including itch caused by life-saving medications.

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