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Excoriations Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Excoriations. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had excoriations?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. What exactly do you mean by excoriations?

    Why: excoriations are linear breaks in the skin often covered by blood or clear dried fluid crusts due to scratching the skin.

  3. Is the itchy skin localized or generalized?

    Why: Localized itchy skin is usually caused by a primary dermatological skin condition e.g. asteatosis (dry skin), atopic dermatitis (eczema), hives, scabies or dermatitis herpetiformis. Generalized itchy skin may be caused by a primary dermatological skin condition, systemic disease or psychological factors (e.g. habit scratching secondary to anxiety).

  4. Are you pregnant?

    Why: pregnancy can cause itchy skin, especially around the third trimester and will disappear after childbirth.

  5. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. celiac disease is associated with dermatitis herpetiformis, gallstones.

  6. Medications?

    Why: some medications may cause an itch e.g. opioids such as morphine, quinidine, chloroquine, central nervous system stimulants, chlorpromazine, some antibiotics.

  7. Illicit drug history?

    Why: e.g. cocaine may cause an itch.

  8. Occupational history?

    Why: e.g. working with fiberglass may cause an itch.

  9. Symptoms of scabies?

    Why: e.g. intense itching, often worse with warmth and at night usually on hands and wrists and on genitalia.

  10. Symptoms of dermatitis herpetiformis?

    Why: e.g. intensely itchy blister-like lesions mainly on the elbows and knees but also on trunk, shoulders, buttocks. Most patients have celiac disease.

  11. Jaundice (yellow skin and sclera)?

    Why: may suggest obstructive jaundice (e.g. due to gallstones, cancer of the pancreas or bile duct, strictures of the bile duct), hepatitis, metastatic cancer to the liver, liver failure and biliary cirrhosis.

  12. Frequency of urination, excessive thirst and excessive appetite?

    Why: may suggest diabetes mellitus, hyperthyroidism or pregnancy.

  13. Symptoms of polycythaemia?

    Why: e.g. generalized skin itch that may be triggered by a hot bath which can cause an unusual prickling quality that lasts for about one hour, bruising, symptoms of Raynaud's syndrome, gout or angina.

  14. Symptoms of primary biliary cirrhosis?

    Why: e.g. itchy skin can be the presenting symptoms and may precede the other symptoms such as jaundiced skin by 1 -2 years. The itch is usually most marked on palms and soles.

  15. Symptoms of diabetes mellitus

    Why: e.g. frequent urination, excessive thirst, weight loss, fatigue - dry mouth may be present in uncontrolled or undiagnosed diabetes mellitus due to excessive urination.

  16. Symptoms of hypothyroidism?

    Why: e.g. husky voice, tiredness, weight gain, constipation, cold intolerance, loss of hair, depression - may also present with skin itch which is associated with dry skin.

  17. Symptoms of gallstones?

    Why: e.g. sudden onset of severe constant epigastric pain which may pass into the back. Symptoms are induced by a fatty meal.

  18. Symptoms of thyrotoxicosis (hyperthyroidism)

    Why: e.g. preference for cooler weather, increased appetite, heart palpitations, increased sweating, nervousness, irritability, diarrhea, lack of menstrual periods and proptosis (forward displacement of the eyeball).

  19. Symptoms of Hodgkin's disease?

    Why: e.g. enlarged painless lymph node, usually in the neck and axilla, alcohol-induced pain in the lymph node(rarely), may have fever, weight loss, night sweats, loss of energy - 30 % of people will have an itch.

  20. Symptoms of depression, anxiety or psychosis?

    Why: psychological and emotional causes may cause itch. Parasitophobia is a morbid fear of parasites and features excessive itching.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Excoriations:

The following list of conditions have 'Excoriations' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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