Pruritus--itching for a cause and relief?

  • Kam P
  • Tan K
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Abstract

The mechanisms of pruritus, an unpleasant irritation on the skin that provokes an urge to scratch, are reviewed. Whilst symptomatic treatment is only partially effective, antihistamines remain the first choice of treatment. However, recent novel treatment using opiate antagonists, propofol (subhypnotic doses) and serotonin antagonists offer attractive alternatives.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Analgesics, Opioid
  • Analgesics, Opioid: adverse effects
  • Cholestasis
  • Cholestasis: complications
  • Humans
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic: complications
  • Nervous System
  • Nervous System: physiopathology
  • Pruritus
  • Pruritus: etiology
  • Pruritus: physiopathology
  • Pruritus: therapy

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  • P C Kam

  • K H Tan

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