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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 52-56

Drug treatment of pruritus of systemic origin


1 Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, RNT Medical College, Affiliated to Rajasthan University of Health Sciences, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, Geetanjali Medical College, Affiliated to Geetanjali University, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Asit Mittal
Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, RNT Medical College, Affiliated to Rajasthan University of Health Sciences, Udaipur - 313 001, Rajasthan
India
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DOI: 10.4103/ijdd.ijdd_39_18

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Pruritus is an unpleasant subjective sensation evoking a desire to scratch. It is commonly encountered in dermatological diseases but could be a signaling symptom of several systemic disorders. Chronic refractory pruritus of systemic origin is often unresponsive to antihistamines and glucocorticoids due to multiple underlying mechanisms. Holistic approach is usually needed to address the stubborn symptom.This review will focus on various topical and systemic pharmacological agents used in the management of pruritus of systemic origin.


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