What is the itch-scratch cycle managed?

Updated: Mar 03, 2020
  • Author: David F Butler, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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The itch-scratch cycle should be discussed, and patients should be encouraged to apply cool washcloths or gentle pressure to the areas and to resist the urge the scratch. Reduction or elimination of stressful factors should be discussed because stress appears to worsen itching.

Patients should be made aware that psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors are available to help them cope with the problems created by pruritus.

For patient education resources, please see the Skin Conditions & Beauty Center.

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