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Pruritus subjective symptom

Pruritus is one of the most important dermatological symptoms and is usually a symptom of primary skin disease. Since it is a subjective disease diagnostic difficulties arise especially when pruritus is a presenting symptom of a systemic disease with or without a rash. Pruritus may occur in a localised form or generalised form. Localised itching is caused mostly by atopic dermatitis. Some other conditions to be kept in mind in order not to misdiagnose a case of pruritus include urticaria, scabies, dermatitis herpetiformis, pediculosis, chicken pox and lichen planus. The basic principle of treatment is to determine the cause of the itch and treat it accordingly.

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