Itch and pruritus: what are they, and how should itches be classified?

  title={Itch and pruritus: what are they, and how should itches be classified?},
  author={Jeffrey D. Bernhard},
  journal={Dermatologic Therapy},
  • J. Bernhard
  • Published 1 July 2005
  • Philosophy
  • Dermatologic Therapy
ABSTRACT:  Itch and pruritus are two terms for the same thing. In this essay I will argue that casting about for a distinction between them creates only confusion. Once that matter is settled, it is still necessary to come up with a clinical classification for itches of different types. No system yet proposed, including the one that will be suggested here, is perfect. 

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