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Itching - a Common Symptom of Skin Disorder

Written by
Dr. Suvash Sahu
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Jul 11, 2016 and last reviewed on Sep 07, 2018   -  2 min read



In this article, I have discussed various causes, types and management of itching.

Itching - a Common Symptom of Skin Disorder

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.

Types of Itching:

Causes of Generalized Pruritus:

1. Drug Ingestion:

Aspirin, Alcohol, Polymyxin, Morphine, Codeine, Scopolamine and D-tubocurarine.

2. Infestations:

Pediculosis corporis (skin disease from body lice), scabies, onchocerciasis (river blindness), ascariasis (small intestine infection) and ancylostomiasis (hookworm disease).

3. Malignancy:

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.

5. Pregnancy:

Itching can occur during pregnancy. If itching presents with a skin rash, then it is known as pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPP).

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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