Scratching Your Ankle Is The Most Pleasurable Itch-Scratching Relief Of All

Scientists have made the shocking discovery that it's your ankle, not your back, that feels the most awesome to scratch when you are itchy.

I assumed this might have something to do with the ability to reach the itchy body part. Like your back is hard to reach so it would feel the most wonderful when someone scratches it for you. Alas, the relatively easy-to-reach ankle, research shows, grants the most pleasure when scratched for itch-relief. The itch research was published in the British Journal of Dermatology.

The scientists, who are from the Wake Forest Baptist Medical centre, studied three locations on 18 study subjects: ankles, forearms and backs. They rubbed the poor bastards' skin in a circular motion for 45 seconds with "cowhage spicules", an itch-inducing legume found in tropical areas. After that they assessed itch intensity and scratching pleasure every 30 seconds for five minutes, asking the subjects to rate their itching and pleasure level on a scale of zero to 10.

They perceived itching most intensely at the ankle and back and they were happiest when they could scratch their ankles.

Are you wondering why people were paid good money to study something so weird? As is the case for most seemingly silly science, there is a good reason: The scientists are trying to find ways to relieve itching in people with skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis without damaging the skin. [ScienceBlog]

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Comments

    I disagree. I think the head is the most pleasurable itch.

    Personally, when I can get away with it, I find that the top of my but crack is just heaven, no homoerotica intended! :}

      when you can get away with it being the main thing. is it just that much sweeter *because* you have to wait until noone's looking?

      Maybe if it was a social faux pas to scratch your elbow the same thing would happen.

    Why did they only check three areas? There could be some really much way better place to scratch and they didn't check it!!! noooooo.

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