Our team of professionals and staff believe that informed patients are better equipped to make decisions regarding their health and well-being. For your personal use, we have created an extensive patient library covering an array of educational topics, which can be found on the side of each page. Browse through these diagnoses and treatments to learn more about topics of interest to you.
As always, you can contact our office to answer any questions or concerns.
Forms to download:
- ACNE COSMETIC LIST
- ACTINIC KERATOSES
- ALOPECIA AREATA
- ATOPIC DERMATITIS
- NEUROMODULATORS (BOTOX, DYSPORT, XEOMIN)
- ASTEATOTIC (DRY SKIN) DERMATITIS
- DYSHIDROTIC DERMATITIS (DYSHIDROSIS)
- EYELID RASHES
- FINGERNAIL CARE
- HAIR LOSS
- HAND PROTECTION FOR PATIENTS WITH HAND DERMATITIS
- HERPES SIMPLEX INFECTIONS & CANKER SORES
- TOPICAL RETINOIDS
- SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS
- SKIN CANCER
- SUNLIGHT & SUN-DAMAGED SKIN
- TINEA VERSICOLOR
- VIRAL WARTS & MOLLUSCUM CONTAGIOSUM
- HERPES ZOSTER (SHINGLES)
Pruritus refers to the sensation of itching on the skin. It can be caused by a wide range of skin conditions, including dry skin, infection, fungus, other skin diseases and, rarely, cancer. While anyone can experience pruritus, it is more commonly seen among the elderly, diabetics, people with suppressed immune systems and those with seasonal allergies, like hay fever or eczema. Additionally, there is a type of pruritus, called PUPPP (Pruritic Uticarial Papules & Plaques of Pregnancy) that affects pregnant women.
Treatment for pruritus depends on identifying the underlying cause. Your dermatologist will examine the itchy area and may make a small scrape on any rash to collect tissue for diagnostic testing. Typical treatment involves topical and/or oral steroids and antihistamines to help relieve the itch. To avoid pruritus, make sure to follow healthy skin care procedures.