Tidman ASM, Tidman MJ. Pruritus may be a symptom of underlying systemic disease. Practitioner March 2018;262(1813):25-28

Pruritus may be a symptom of underlying systemic disease

22 Mar 2018Registered users

Itch is a common symptom of many dermatological conditions (e.g. eczema, urticaria and lichen planus) but can also be a manifestation of underlying systemic, neurological and psychological disorders, or an adverse reaction to medication. The assessment of patients with generalised itch but no rash requires a detailed history and examination to narrow the spectrum of potential causes. Examination should include inspection of the entire skin. Physical examination should include palpation for lymphadenopathy and organomegaly.

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