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.


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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