Evaluation and management of pruritus and scabies in the elderly population.

  title={Evaluation and management of pruritus and scabies in the elderly population.},
  author={Bharat A. Panuganti and M. Tarbox},
  journal={Clinics in geriatric medicine},
  volume={29 2},
Pruritus is the most common dermatologic complaint in individuals older than 65 years. The elderly comprise a demographic that seeks medical attention for itch with greater frequency than other age groups. Managing pruritus in elderly patients represents a unique therapeutic challenge attributable to a range of circumstances that are of particular importance in this population. Topical steroid therapy must be administered carefully, and other forms of treatment, including phototherapy, may be… Expand
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