What are the treatment options for renal pruritus?

Updated: Mar 03, 2020
  • Author: David F Butler, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Treatment can be physical, topical, or systemic.

Physical therapy with UV-B therapy is a treatment of choice. Patients have reported months of remission after 6-8 treatments. UV-B reduces cutaneous phosphorus, decreases the number of dermal mast cells, and reduces epidermal vitamin A levels. However, some concern has been expressed that broad-band UV-B treatment might possibly increase the risk of nonmelanoma skin cancer. Narrow-band U-VB seems less likely to do so. One study from Scotland failed to demonstrate an increased risk of skin cancer in patients receiving narrow-band UV-B therapy. [24]


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