In this article, I have discussed various causes, types and management of itching.
Pruritus (itching) is the predominant symptom of inflammatory skin disease. It lacks precise definition and can best be defined indirectly as a sensation that leads to a desire to scratch.
Causes of Generalized Pruritus:
1. Drug Ingestion:
Aspirin, Alcohol, Polymyxin, Morphine, Codeine, Scopolamine and D-tubocurarine.
Pediculosis corporis (skin disease from body lice), scabies, onchocerciasis (river blindness), ascariasis (small intestine infection) and ancylostomiasis (hookworm disease).
Lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma and other rare cancer types.
4. Metabolic and Endocrine Conditions:
Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism, diabetes mellitus, chronic renal failure and obstructive biliary disease.
6. Psychogenic Pruritus:
Delusions of parasitosis. In this condition, the patient will have some false belief of parasitic infestation.
7. Hematologic Disorder:
Polycythemia vera, paraproteinemia and iron deficiency anemia.
The essential step to manage pruritus is to identify and treat the fundamental cause, either dermatological or systemic. Other helpful measures to get rid of itching are as follows.
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07 Sep 2018 - 2 min read
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