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Pruritus can be defined as an unpleasant sensation that evokes the feeling of wanting to scratch. The reason we itch is to protect the skin against noxious stimuli, as scratching or rubbing disrupts the irritant. Pruritis may accompany dermatologic conditions or arise from systemic disease.

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Pruritus can be defined as an unpleasant sensation that evokes the feeling of wanting to scratch. The reason we itch is to protect the skin against noxious stimuli, as scratching or rubbing disrupts the irritant. However, too much scratching can inflame the skin and sometimes, the cause of pruritus is not an external stimulus at all. Accompanying many dermatologic conditions due to peripheral stimuli, pruritus also arises from systemic disease (renal, hepatic, endocrine), malignancy and medicines – all of which may present as skin disorders, but actually originate in the central nervous system. Pruritus without obvious primary skin lesions should be investigated for an underlying cause.

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Jan Riley
Jan Riley is a retired specialist dermatology nurse and nurse educator. She was certified with the Dermatology Nurses Association (USA) and has strong professional links with the British Dermatology Nurses Group and the New Zealand Dermatology Nurses Society.
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great general overview of pruritis assessment
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Good refresher , reminding me of ways to allow the patient relief and making them comfortable.
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