Allergy Physicians specialized in treating and testing adults and children.

Allergy Physicians specialized in treating and testing adults and children.

Allergy Physicians specialized in treating and testing adults and children.Allergy Physicians specialized in treating and testing adults and children.Allergy Physicians specialized in treating and testing adults and children.

Pruritus

Pruritus (itch) is a common symptom caused by a very wide variety of conditions. It is defined as an unpleasant sensation that provokes a desire to scratch. Scratching can be considered physiologically appropriate only when there is an external (foreign) stimulus.


It causes a great deal of discomfort and distress to the person. Although itching is often seen as a minor social disability, it can be so severe and intractable as to completely incapacitate a person and present a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge to the physician.

 
Authored by Robert Settipane, MD