Itching or pruritus can be one of the most disruptive and annoying symptoms that seriously ill patients can have. Itching can cause severe emotional anguish, severe physical anguish, discomfort, and skin damage and infections. Itching is not a symptom that should be ignored or viewed as less important than others. Severe itching needs assessment and treatment immediately.
While it is easy to diagnose some causes of itching, other causes are not so easy to determine. The main causes of itching are:
Itching is a common symptom in many health conditions including:
Simple steps to prevent or treat itching include: