Diagnosis and treatment of pruritus is still a great problem. The pathophysiologic principles are mostly unknown, however the progress in neurosciences also added several new neurophysiologic explanations for pruritus. There exist several different types of pruritus and also the treatment of the different forms varies. The treatment of chronic pruritus is not the same as the treatment of acute pruritus. Usually more than one pathological disorder leads to severe pruritus and therefore the diagnostic of the different forms of pruritus and the treatment needs an interdisciplinary approach. One of the major causes of itch is dry skin, this is true for elderly persons and also for patients with atopic dermatitis. Therefore, the treatment of the dry skin is one of the most important measures against pruritus.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Revue Medicale Suisse|
|State||Published - Apr 26 2006|