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Question #16589 posted on 07/16/2005 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why does your (my) (our) skin feel itchy when you get a slight sunburn or when a sunburn is fading?

- Irritating

A: Dear Sun Lover,

Because the skin is dead, and your (my) (our) bod(y)(ies) want(s) it gone for optimum performance. Like how you can't feel things quite right when you have a layer of glue stuck to your hand. It's the same thing, and your body sends you an itchy signal to make you scratch and get rid of it. Wear sunscreen. Avoid sunburns, cancer, redness, and itches.

-Uffish Thought