Acute versus chronic (>6 weeks) of pruritus
Location: generalized, scattered spots or localized
Severity of symptoms
Presence or absence of a preceding or concurrent rash
Treatment is directed to the underlying cause.
Gentle skin care measures—including the use of nonsoap cleansers and gentle emollients
Loose cotton clothing
Cassano N, Tessari G, Vena GA, et al. Chronic pruritus in the absence of skin disease: an update on pathophysiology, diagnosis, and therapy. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2010;11(6):399...
698.9 Unspecified pruritic disorder
306.3 Skin disorder arising from mental factors
691.8 Other atopic dermatitis and related conditions
L29.9 Pruritus, unspecified
Q: Which antihistamines work the best to treat itch?
A: Although evidence is conflicting, sedating antihistamines such as hydroxyzine tend to work better than nonsedating ones for itch. An exceptio...
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