Pruritis | Overview


What is pruritis?

Pruritis is itchy skin that makes you want to scratch. It can be caused by many things. Normally, itchy skin isn’t serious, but it can make you uncomfortable. Sometimes, itchy skin is caused by a serious medical condition. However, most itchy skin can be treated at home with lotions, moisturizers, and over-the-counter medicines.


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

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Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 11/00