What Is Pruritus and What Causes It?

Q:
What is pruritus and what causes it?

A:
Pruritus, also called itchy skin, is an uncomfortable, irritating sensation that makes you want to scratch.

It is commonly caused by dry skin and may have different signs based on its causes.

Causes
There are many possible triggers of pruritus, including:

  • Dry skin.
  • Irritation and allergic reactions.
  • Internal diseases.
  • Skin conditions and rashes.
  • Nerve disorders.
  • Drugs.
  • Pregnancy.

 

 

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