Cover image for article: Assessing and Treating Itch

Across clinical settings, pruritus (or itch) challenges care outcomes, can be hard to treat, and impacts on quality of life, mental health and mortality. The reason we itch is to protect the skin against noxious stimuli; scratching or rubbing disrupts the irritant. However, too much scratching can inflame the skin and often the cause of pruritus is not an external stimulus at all. Read more