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How does the skin communicate pain?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Skin communicates with your child's brain when it comes to pain. The classic example is the hot stove: Finger touches stove, nerve fibers in skin send a message to the spinal cord and brain: "Get your cute little hands off the stove unless you want them fried up like a tater!" If those pain fibers in your skin were dead or didn't exist, your brain wouldn't get the message that there was a problem, and you wouldn't be able to heal properly (assuming that at some point you did, in fact, remove your finger from the stove).

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