Disease: Itch
(Itching)

    Itch facts

    • The medical term for itching is pruritus.
    • Infections, bites and stings, infestations, chronic diseases, sun exposure, and dry skin are among the numerous causes of itching.
    • Anti-itch creams and lotions containing camphor, menthol, phenol, pramoxine (Caladryl, Tronolane), diphenhydramine (Benadryl), or benzocaine can bring relief.
    • Some cases of itching will respond to corticosteroid medications.
    • It is best to avoid scratching when possible to avoid worsening of the condition and disruption of the skin that could lead to bacterial infection.
    • If itching persists with time or worsens, or is associated with skin lesions, consulting a health-care professional is advisable.

    Source: http://www.rxlist.com

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