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Your itchy skin may be a sign of Pruritus

About

Pruritus in simple terms mean itching. It may be associated with a number of factors like dry skin, skin diseases, and in very rare cases, cancer.

Evidence suggests that at least one quarter of the European population suffers from a skin disease at least once in their lifetime.[1]

-Self diagnosable
-Self treatable
-Short term - usually resolves within a few days.

Depending upon the cause, the skin may appear red or rough or may have bumps or blisters. Repeated scratching can cause raised, thickened areas that may bleed or become infected.

Symptoms

Itchy skin can occur without any noticeable symptoms on your skin. However, it is generally accompanied by one of the following:
- Redness
- Bumps, spots, or blisters
- Dry, cracked skin
- Leathery or scaly texture to the skin

Treatment

Self-care:
- Using skin moisturisers or lotions to prevent dryness and itching
- Using mild soap that doesnt irritate the skin
- Taking bath in warm water, avoiding very hot water.
- Avoiding fibres and synthetics that can cause itching
- Applying cool washcloth or ice over the area, instead of itching

Medications:

All medications need to taken under medical supervision.
- Corticosteroid creams
- Calcineurin inhibitors
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors like Fluoxetine may help relieve skin itching
- If an internal disorder is diagnosed (such as iron deficiency, kidney malfunction, or thyroid problems), then treating it may relieve the symptoms.

Specialists:

Pruritus may resolve within a few days on its own; however, persistent itching and recurrence of symptoms should be sought professional care. At mfine, our team of doctors are available to guide you in all areas of healthcare and provide a holistic approach to consultation and treatment.

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