July 29, 2016

Itch (Itching or Pruritus)

Itch facts

  • The medical term for itching is pruritus.
  • Infections, bites and stings, infestations, chronic diseases, allergic reactions, sun exposure, and dry skin are among the numerous causes of itching.
  • Anti-itch creams and lotions containing camphor, menthol, phenol, pramoxine (Caladryl, Tronolane), diphenhydramine (Benadryl), or benzocaine can bring relief.
  • Some cases of itching will respond to corticosteroid medications.
  • It is best to avoid scratching when possible to avoid worsening of the condition and disruption of the skin that could lead to bacterial infection.
  • If itching persists, worsens, or is associated with skin lesions, consulting a health-care professional is advisable. Continue Reading
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Reviewed on 4/20/2016