How to Diagnose and Treat Pruritus?

Q:
How to diagnose and treat pruritus?

A:
Diagnosis
Your doctor may let you have a physical exam and ask your detailed medical history. Other tests you may have including:

  • Blood test.
  • Tests of thyroid, liver and kidney function.
  • Chest X-rays.

Treatment
There are different treatment options for pruritus depending on the causes. You may choose:

  • Medications: such as corticosteroid creams, calcineurin inhibitors, antidepressants.
  • Light therapy (phototherapy).

Other itch-relief methods also may be recommended.

 

 

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