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"Update on pathophysiology of senile pruritus and its impact on quality of life "

Diana Aniculăesă, Elena Porumb-Andrese, Ioana-Adriana Popescu, Dan Vâță, Alina Ioana Halip, Laura Gheucă Solovăstru
2020 Bulletin of Integrative Psychiatry  
Itch is a common dermatologic complaint in people over the age of 65 years. Chronic pruritus is considered to be a common health problem in the elderly population, and negatively impacts the quality of life in the affected individuals. Senile pruritus can be a result of multiple conditions, including aging process (xerosis, immunologic changes), cutaneous conditions (seborrheic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, psoriasis, scabies), systemic conditions (chronic kidney disease, thyroid disfunction
more » ... hyroid disfunction or malignancy), neuropathic and psychogenic causes. Senile pruritus is more like a diagnosis of exclusion, difficult to treat because polimedication has to be avoided in eldery patients. Senile pruritus and its impact on quality of life could foster comorbidities and patients must be provided with follow-up, support and education to enable better compliance and monitoring.
doi:10.36219/bpi.2020.2.10 fatcat:jhe7wro7uradrgilcveel3mjsa