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      Category : Health Centers > Skin Conditions


Alternate Names : Pruritis

Itching | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

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.

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    Itching: Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors


    Itching: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: Adam Brochert, MD
    Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Date Reviewed: 07/24/01

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