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Itchy Skin after Burn Injury

As skin heals from a burn injury, it may get itchy. Almost everyone recovering from major burns has problems with itching—especially on or around the burn, graft, or donor site. The medical term for itchiness is “pruritus” (proo-ri´tus).

Itching is a normal part of healing. The reasons it happens are likely complex and poorly understood. Itch intensity (how bad it is) and frequency (how often it occurs) are not necessarily related to the size or depth of your burn injury, but itching may cause you to scratch and open up fragile skin that previously had healed.



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