Earl Carstens

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Itch is defined as an unpleasant sensation associated with the desire to scratch. This vignette will describe some of the recent advances in our understanding of itch mechanisms. An overview of the neural basis for itch versus pain is provided first, followed by consideration of animal itch models and, finally, possible itch mediators and mechanisms based on human and animal research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Senses: A Comprehensive Reference
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780123708809
StatePublished - 2010


  • Alloknesis
  • Itch
  • Nociceptor
  • Pain
  • Pruriceptor
  • Pruritus
  • Scratching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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