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(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.

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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Bites from the red chicken or poultry mite, Dermanyssus gallinae, can cause a pruritic dermatitis, usually on the backs of the hands and forearms in farmers and poultry workers.
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During October 20-28, 29 students developed pruritic dermatitis; 11 visited their physicians for treatment.
On examination, the pruritic area consisted of a hyperpigmented, non-infiltrated 7-cm patch that was lateral to the vertebral column and within the dermatomes T4 to T6 (figure).
Most common skin condition noted was pruritic papular rash (figure 1), which was seen in 25 (20.
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