Itching of skin

Also known as Pruritis

Itch (Latin: pruritus) is a sensation that causes the desire or reflex to scratch. Itch has resisted many attempts to classify it as any one type of sensory experience. Modern science has shown that itch has many similarities to pain, and while both are unpleasant sensory experiences, their behavioral response patterns are different. Pain creates a withdrawal reflex while itch leads to a scratch reflex.

Source: Wikipedia

What causes it?

The most common causes of itching of skin are contact dermatitis, allergy, and itching of unknown cause. Other possible causes, such as scabies, are more rare.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with itching of skin often receive complete physical skin exam performed (ml), excision, hemoglobin a1c measurement, biopsy, excision of skin lesion, other diagnostic procedures on skin and subcutaneous tissue, diagnostic procedures on ear and other gastrointestinal diagnostic procedures .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with itching of skin include diphenhydramine (benadryl), hydroxyzine, hydrocortisone topical, triamcinolone, triamcinolone topical product, permethrin topical, clobetasol topical, betamethasone topical product, ketoconazole, betamethasone-clotrimazole topical, fluocinonide topical, desonide topical and doxepin .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for itching of skin include race/ethnicity = other.

Age

< 1 years
0.3x
1-4 years
1.0x
5-14 years
1.4x
15-29 years
1.0x
30-44 years
1.1x
45-59 years
1.0x
60-74 years
0.9x
75+ years
0.8x

Sex

Male
0.9x
Female
1.1x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.3x
Hispanic
1.1x
White
0.8x
Other
1.5x
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