Alternate Names : Pruritis
What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?
A healthcare provider will ask the person questions to learn more about the nature of the itching. These may include:
When did the itching start?
Where is the itching located? Is it focused in one spot or all over the body?
Is the itching constant or does it come and go?
Have any friends, relatives, or other close contacts had itching recently?
What medications, herbs, or illegal drugs, if any, is the person taking?
What other medical conditions does the person have?
Is there anything makes the itching worse or better, such as a particular season or a specific type of soap?
Are there other symptoms such as a skin rash, fever, weight loss, or runny nose that accompany the itching?
Other things may also be important in certain cases. For example, if a person has genital itching, information about his or her sexual activity or menstrual periods may be important.