How is the itch of brachioradial pruritus described?

Updated: Oct 05, 2020
  • Author: Julianne Mann, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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The itch of brachioradial pruritus is described as intense, burning, and prickling. It is localized to the dorsolateral aspects of the bilateral upper arms, forearms, and shoulders. Scratching is reported to make the discomfort worse, and many patients find that the only therapy that brings relief is the application of ice packs or cold, wet towels. [3, 9, 23] The discomfort is typically worse at night and, for some patients, may interfere with falling asleep. [4] The median duration of symptoms has been reported as 4.5 years, [2] but patients have reported a continuation of symptoms from this condition for as long as 18 years. [1] Rarely, patients may initially experience symptoms typical of brachioradial pruritus, followed by the onset of generalized pruritus. [34]

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