Study Topic


What is Pruritus?

Pruritus is the medical term for itchy skin. It’s uncomfortable, irritating and makes you want to scratch. Anyone can get pruritus, but certain groups of people are more susceptible to the condition, including:

  • People with seasonal allergies, hay fever, asthma, and eczema
  • People with diabetes
  • People with HIV/AIDS and various types of cancer
  • Pregnant women
  • The elderly

How to Recognize Pruritus

You may have itchy skin over certain small areas, such as on an arm or leg, or over your whole body. Itchy skin can occur without any other noticeable changes on the skin. Or it may be associated with:

  • Redness
  • Bumps, spots or blisters
  • Dry, cracked skin
  • Leathery or scaly skin

Sometimes itchiness lasts a long time and can be intense. Chronic pruritus (CP) refers to daily/almost daily itching, lasting more than 6 weeks.

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