Pruritis | Overview


What is pruritis?

Pruritis is dry, itchy skin. It can be caused by dry air, especially during the winter months. Normally, dry skin isn’t serious, but it can make you uncomfortable. Some serious dry skin conditions, called ichthyosis, can be disfiguring and cause problems. However, most dry skin can be treated with lotions, moisturizers and changing the way you bathe.


Pruritus by S Moses, M.D. (American Family Physician September 15, 2003,

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Reviewed/Updated: 12/10
Created: 11/00