Evaluation and Management of the Patient with Pruritus

Title

Evaluation and Management of the Patient with Pruritus

Creator

Tamargo Kimberly; Funovits Angela; Nguyen Tam H; Manudhane Albert; Montañez-Wiscovich Marjorie E

Publisher

Sn Comprehensive Clinical Medicine

Date

2019
1905-7

Description

Pruritus is a common presenting diagnosis associated with a myriad of localized and systemic conditions. Due to many underlying causes, it can be challenging for the provider to assess. Symptoms often persist, causing frustration for the patient and provider, as well as distress and impaired quality of life for the patient. When evaluating patients with neurodermatitis or pruritus in the absence of primary skin lesions, a full workup assessing for medication-induced disease and underlying systemic conditions is warranted. Treatment of the underlying cause, if found, is always recommended. For all patients, interventions such as moisturizing, avoidance of irritating agents, avoidance of heat, and stress reduction should be considered. Further management of symptoms can include topical, systemic agents or non-pharmacologic therapies such as phototherapy, transcutaneous and transcranial nerve stimulation, acupuncture, and psychosomatic therapy. This review focuses on the pathophysiology, evaluation, and management of the patient with neurodermatitis. It will also provide a discussion of traditional and emerging therapies to help formulate diagnostic and treatment paradigms for these patients.

Subject

Dermatology; Pruritus; Itch; Neurodermatitis

Format

Journal Article

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Pages

797

Issue

10

Volume

1

ISSN

2523-8973

Citation

Tamargo Kimberly; Funovits Angela; Nguyen Tam H; Manudhane Albert; Montañez-Wiscovich Marjorie E, “Evaluation and Management of the Patient with Pruritus,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed March 1, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/10840.

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