Itch

Earl Carstens

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Abstract

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.
Pages115-126
Number of pages12
Volume5
ISBN (Print)9780123708809
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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