What are the signs and symptoms of endocrine pruritus?

Updated: Mar 03, 2020
  • Author: David F Butler, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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In most patients, endocrine pruritus is generalized and associated with symptoms of the underlying disease process (eg, hyperthyroidism vs hypothyroidism). Pruritus associated with diabetes mellitus is another controversial association. The described pruritus is often localized to the vulva or anus and usually is due to candidal or dermatophytic infection. However, unrelenting pruritus of the scalp is reported in association with diabetes mellitus.


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