Abstract

Pruritus can be defined as the sensation that provokes the desire to scratch. It is almost always a very unpleasant sensation, although sometimes it maybe pleas?urable.

Synonyms

Itching is sometimes used to denote pruritus with visible skin lesions Although some distinctions can be made pruritus and itch are synonymous 

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  • D. Ioannides

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