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Relating to pruritus.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


(proo-rit'us ) [L. pruritus, itching]
A tingling or faintly burning skin sensation that prompts a person to rub or scratch; an itch. It may be a symptom of a disease such as hyperbilirubinemia, an allergic response, or an insect bite. pruritic (-rit'ik), adjective


Any inciting or contributory cause should be identified and removed if possible.

pruritus ani

Itching around the anus. This may be due to poor perineal hygiene; perianal skin damage caused by scratching, or abrasion due to use of harsh, dry paper; excess moisture caused by wearing tight, nonporous clothing; decreased resistance to fungi and yeasts during steroid therapy; ingestion of dietary irritants; pinworms; anal fistula or hemorrhoids; or contact with soap or detergents that remain in underclothing following improper washing.


The primary cause should be removed or avoided. The anus should be kept scrupulously clean by use of a mild soap, and applications of drugs that produce sensitivity and irritation should be avoided.

aquagenic pruritus

Pruritus produced by contact with water.

brachioradial pruritus

Itching of the forearms and wrists. It is thought to be caused either by cervical nerve root impingement or ultraviolet exposure.

emperor of pruritus

See: emperor of pruritus

essential pruritus

Pruritus without apparent skin lesion.

pruritus estivalis

Pruritus with prickly heat occurring in hot weather.

pruritus hiemalis

Winter itch.

pruritus senilis

Pruritus in the aged with degenerative skin changes sometimes caused by loss of epidermal hydration.

vulvar pruritus

Lichen sclerosus et atrophicus.
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Patient discussion about pruritic

Q. Is itching related to breast cancer? Something I want to know on itching and breast cancer. Is itching related to breast cancer?

A. Generally itchiness is a common skin condition and the more troublesome form may be called eczema. There is a type of breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer were the area of skin over the tumor can become red, inflamed, painful and itchy & this condition is called Paget's disease of the nipple, which is associated with breast cancer, can cause itchiness. It’s advisable to have yourself screened by doctor as the inflammatory breast cancer is very quick in its growth and late diagnosis is a bad idea.

Q. after a pedicure, the soles of my feet are dark w/freckles, skin is itchy/thick, my derm says its eczema,help! the pedicure was in fall, 2002. I mad a mistake and wore nylon boots during a storm, the dye never fully disappeared. I would scrub the soles of my feet until I couldn't walk. However, within the last 4 months both heels are itchy, thick, dark-er and now they both have dark legions/ freckles have formed.

A. Are you sure you are going to a clean sterile saloon? It is very important to make sure they use sterile tools for a pedicure because they can transfer fungal infections very easily. Either way you should see a dermatologist to get the right kind of cream treatment for your feet.

Q. I suffer from an itchy skin that appears as a wealt my doctor says it is contact dermitis, or is it uticaria I have numerous spots appearing on my neck shoulders elbows and buttocks, they vary from small itchy spots to quite large weals they come and go, I am on antihistamines, but they only give relief occasionally, the weals and terrible itching is worse at night, and I find it difficult to sleep because of the intense itching, my gp says it may be 'contact' dermititis, but I think it may be uticaria, can you help please

A. Urticaria (AKA Hives) is the name of this bulging red rush of yours. 'contact' dermatitis is an allergic reaction that can be shown as hives. so it's pretty much the same thing. i suggest try and find out what is the cause of all this- there must be a reason for that allergic reaction. start by when the rash started and what is the material you were exposed to in that area of time.

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The diagnosis is made clinically, so the appearance of a symmetric pruritic, hyperpigmented rash on the chest and back should prompt the physician to ask about any recent changes in diet.
Lesion type Description Treatment Reference Intertrigo Non-infectious; Topical: (32) macule formation zinc oxide, on opposing skin petrolatum, surfaces; may be talcum powder complicated by secondary infection Fungal intertrigo Candida Erythematous macule Nystatin, (27, 29) or plaque with clotrimazole, satellite papules ketoconazole and pustules; diagnosis by KOH preparation and presence of pseudohyphae Dermatophyte Pruritic lesion Clotrimazole, (27) (Trichophyton with scale; may ketoconazole, rubrum, T.
Prurigo nodularis is a chronic pruritic dermatologic condition characterised by the presence of pruriginous lesions on the skin and major alteration on the quality of life of the patients.
Pruritic papular eruption of HIV is an independent entity characterised clinically by intense pruritus, diffuse distribution of excoriated papules over trunk and extremities.
Atopic eruption of pregnancy encompasses eczema, prurigo, and pruritic folliculitis.
Evanescentand persistent pruritic eruptions of adultonset Still disease: a clinical and pathologic study of 36 patients.
Pruritic Folliculitis of Pregnancy (PF), first described by Zoberman and Farmer, is now believed to be as common as PG or PP, though only a few cases have been reported.
Typical pustular or pruritic papulovesicular lesions that are often chronic and recurrent are the characteristic features of infantile acropustulosis4,5.
A physician and his wife experienced episodic crawling sensations on their faces, chests, and backs, especially at night, and developed an increasing number of pruritic, papular lesions in the same locations that became excoriated from scratching.
The facility reported a mild pruritic rash in three of 34 children and one of three staff members, all with an onset of April 5.
MUSCAT: Above 50 per cent of children in the Sultanate are affected by atopic dermatitis, an inflammatory, chronically relapsing, non-contagious and pruritic skin disorder, due to the climatic condition of the region, said Shibu Mohammed, consultant dermatologist at Badr Al Sama hospital
Disorders that may have some of the same features as PG include pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP), erythema multiforme, intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), contact dermatitis, and drug reactions.