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There are many causes of pruritus

Many skin diseases cause itching

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Chronic or acute inflammatory diseases

such as eczema, urticaria, lichen planus and to a lesser extent psoriasis, parasitic dermatoses such as scabies

Insect bites, accidental exposure of skin to medicines

Insect bites, but also some instances of accidental exposure of skin to medicines and bullous pemphigoid.

Other causes

Pruritus may also be a symptom of a neurological, psychiatric or liver disorder or of a lymphoma such as Hodgkin's disease.

Prurigo can be acute or chronic

Acute prurigo is mostly seen in children and is related to hypersensitivity to insect bites. It manifests as small, red, itchy elevations (papules). Prurigo is considered chronic when it lasts for more than 6 weeks. It occurs mainly in adults and combines various skin lesions: scratching striae, excoriations, papules and plaques or even nodules of thickened skin, known as lichenification, which are maintained by repeated scratching. In these patients there is a neuronal hypersensitivity and this leads to a vicious circle of scratching, lichenification and scratching.

How to relieve pruritus and prurigo

Treating pruritus is more difficult than treating pain. The first thing is to look for a cause for pruritus and treat it

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Topical corticosteroids

Topical corticosteroids relieve pruritus in eczema, and antihistamines relieve pruritus in urticaria.

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Elimination of irritating hygiene products

While attempting to find the cause or when no clear cause emerges, therapeutic measures such as the elimination of irritating hygiene products, the use of emollients to prevent dry skin, sedatives to facilitate sleep and "anti-scratching" techniques such as applying ice packs to areas that itch may help.

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Psychological support

Psychological support may be necessary, particularly in cases of chronic neuropathic prurigo. A spa treatment can be proposed for the overall symptomatic management of prurigo.