Sometimes I don't feel like I articulate my symptoms well so I found this on the net which sums it up. My itching can start at my rectum an/or labia area and run up around the top of my clitoris. And sometimes in the pubic hair area. This itching can change to a distracting nerve pain or burning. More so when I'm stressed or trying to go off the antivirals. Of course the more intense the irritation the more of a need I feel to urinate. Interestingly sex in not painful and still feels very enjoyable.
No, this virus does not affect my bowel at all. I do have IBS and was diagnosed 12 yrs ago. I do like my coffee and a cocktail sometimes in the evening or with friends. When I crank up my coffee and expresso intake I really suffer. As H is a nerve disease this makes sense to me.
"Itch is an uncomfortable sensation caused by irritation of particular nerve endings in the skin. Nerve fibers have special endings that are tiny organs able to receive messages. Some nerve endings receive pressure sensations, some receive temperature, and some receive pain. Stimulation of pain nerves in the skin sometimes results in itching.
Itching is a symptom and not a disease. Most commonly it is a symptom of skin diseases. Many different causes may produce itching. A common cause is some chemical that touches the skin and irritates it. An allergy may release chemicals that make the skin swell and itch."
Also this is interesting:
The general medical term for itching is pruritus (proor EYE tuss). There are all kinds of pruritus; the kind we're talking about here is called punctate pruritus, spot itching not triggered by any obvious skin disease or other cause.
The operation of the nerve endings in the skin is not clearly understood, but itching appears to be associated with the sense of pain, since persons who can no longer feel pain, for whatever reason, usually don't itch anymore either. In this respect itching is analogous to tickling, which is thought to be related to the sense of pressure.
There are numerous "itch points" scattered about the surface of the body where it's possible to induce itching simply by touching with a fine metal wire. Other areas on the skin usually are relatively insensitive. Itch points appear to be associated with concentrations of fine free nerve endings.
It's known that in some cases the nervous system has different mechanisms for conducting sensory impressions of varying intensity, such as light and firm pressure, and there is speculation that itching may be a watered-down sense of pain, designed to detect extremely faint stimuli. Thus if you have dry skin or a stretched hair follicle or some minor localized chemical imbalance, the nerves may multiply it into the sharp irritation that you instinctively scratch.
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