Pruritus, also known as itching, is a common skin symptom that results in an uncomfortable sensation that elicits an urge to scratch. Pruritus can be caused by a variety of factors, including skin diseases (such as atopic dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis), internal medical conditions (such as liver disease, kidney disease, and disease of blood cells), infections (such as scabies and fungus), and certain medications. Treatment for pruritus depends on the underlying cause and may include topical creams and ointments, oral medications, and phototherapy. A dermatologist can diagnose the cause of pruritus and recommend the most appropriate treatment. In some cases, pruritus can be managed with simple lifestyle changes, such as avoiding irritating fabrics, using moisturizing creams, and reducing stress. It is important to seek medical attention for pruritus that is severe, persistent, or accompanied by other symptoms, as it may be a sign of a more serious underlying medical condition.

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