Comprehensive reference on pruritis
Contains up-to-date information on management of pruritus
Acute and chronic pruritus can represent significant management issues both as a common physiological sensation and as a manifestation of dermatologic and non-dermatologic diseases. All patients suffering from itch know that it is a very awkward sensation. Unfortunately, this often significant symptom is frequently considered less severe in comparison with pain. The consequences are that research on this field has been poorer than research on pain and that pruritus is therefore more difficult to treat. New concepts and discoveries have completely modified our understanding of it and have suggested new therapeutic opportunities.
Pruritus is a thorough and comprehensive reference in the management of itch designed to be a convenient resource for all physicians confronted with patients suffering from itch. The Editors have recruited a board of internationally renowned experts to provide an in-depth analysis of the causes and management of pruritus including the current concepts in pathophysiology and novel therapeutics.
Introduction – Definitions: Physiopathology: Pruritic pain and other abnormal sensations, Neuroanatomy of itch, Neurophysiology of itch, Itch and the brain, Itch mediators, Itch and psychopathology, Measurement of itch.-Different causes of itch: An overview, Dermatological causes of itch, Non dermatological of itch, Examinations for pruritus, Itch, infections and infestations, Itch and drugs, Renal itch, Hepatic itch, Endocrine itch, Hematologic and paraneoplastic itch, Neurogenic itch and paresthesia, Senile itch, Psychogenic itch, Rare causes of itch, Localized itch, Stomatodynia and vulvodynia.- Treatment: Topical treatments, Antihistamines, Other systemic treatments, Physical treatments, Psychological approach, Other treatments