Information Superstitions about Itchy Palms and Feet
There are all kinds of superstitions attached to itchy palms and feet. These superstitions tend to be different across different cultures.
Itchy Palms, especially, have a number of connotations across cultures. Mostly, the belief is that itchy palms have something to do with money. Where in most western cultures itchy left palm indicates money will be going out, i.e. the individual will incur losses or payments, right itchy palm indicates that money will be coming in. On the other hand in some countries like Russia, Ukraine and India these connotations are absolutely opposite. So, a right itchy palm indicates money will be going out and an itchy left palm indicates that money will be coming in.
It is believed that when an itchy palm is considered to be lucky, scratching it leads to more money flowing in and when an itchy palm is considered to be unlucky, scratching it leads to more money flowing out. As you can’t scratch yourself in these cases, the solution is to rub your hand over wood.
Another connotation of itchy palms according to some is that it implies that there is some kind of internal energy (known as ‘chi’ in some cultures) moving through your palms where your right hand is supposed to be active and the left hand is the passive one. Basically a right itchy palm indicates that your energy is moving out and will in turn bring in more money.
In terms of itchy feet the belief across all religions seems to be alike. Itchy feet are known to bring about travel and journey in a person’s life. Where an itchy left foot indicates that the journey will be unsuccessful and will hence be worthless or worse will bring about losses, a right foot itch indicates that not only will the journey be successful but, it will also prove to be lucky for the person and will be the harbinger of a lot of gains.
At this point one must always keep in mind that all that these are all just conjecture. There can be number causes behind scratchy palms and feet. These include allergic reactions, dry skin, internal diseases, nerve disorders, dermatitis, eczema, and other skin diseases. They can also be viewed as HIV and diabetes symptoms and STD symptoms. Many times such itches can also result out of a reaction to drugs and even antibiotic medicines. Itches can also result out of insect bites. Other causes of itches include pregnancy, anemia, thyroid illnesses and menopause.
Believing in a superstition is understandable, however making it the reason for not looking for a solution to the condition or the problem cannot be justified. Hence, it is a must that in case you have itchy palms and feet and if the itch seems to be persistent or further if it seems to be a symptom of a more critical disease, it is a must to visit a doctor. In case of skin diseases or allergies or even infections it is even advisable to visit a dermatologist.