Postburn Itch: A Review of the Literature.

Postburn Itch: A Review of the Literature. Wounds. 2018 Jan;30(1):E118-E124 Authors: Nedelec B, LaSalle L Abstract The problem of postburn itch has been underevaluated and undertreated in the past. However, recently published data have expanded the evidence base, which provides clinicians and their patients with new evaluation and treatment options that can help reduce and potentially eliminate the prolonged distress experienced by burn survivors faced with postburn itch. Although a gold standard evaluation method has not yet been agreed upon, there are a number of tools that have been published that clinicians can use for assessment. Epidemiological evidence has confirmed that the vast majority of both adult and pediatric burn survivors experience itch for years following injury. At discharge from the acute care hospital, 93% of burn survivors with major burn injuries report postburn itch that is still experienced by 44% of adult burn survivors 30 years postburn. Although larger surface area injuries are more likely to require a multimodal treatment approach to reduce the itch intensity as well as the episode duration and frequency, burn survivors with small surface area injuries also experience itch that needs to be addressed. A number of treatment protocols have been described that commonly call for concurrent administration of both pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatment approaches. These protocols provide clinicians with a structured, system...
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Conclusions Hypertrophic scars appeared to undergo continuous improvement in the appearance, pain and itch over time during the process of a monitored pressure intervention programme. Early application of pressure therapy after burn injury may contribute to better outcomes as shown by their faster recovery than those with late intervention. In order to achieve the best outcomes, regular evaluation and adjustment for optimal interface pressure is necessary.
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Conclusion Cold pack therapy, a non-invasive, non-pharmacological treatment modality significantly reduces post-burn pruritus and could be useful in burn patients.
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Conclusion Post-burn pruritus is still a highly prevalent problem in pediatric burn care. Its intensity and frequency are higher especially in the first three months or with a deeper wound or a higher TBSA.
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Conclusions: The SCAR-Q is now being field-tested. Once completed, we anticipate SCAR-Q will be used in clinical practice and in clinical trials to test different scar therapies.
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The itch associated with burn injuries can be overwhelming and distressing for patients. What are the available assessment and treatment options for this problem?Wounds
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Burns are a major public health concern, in particular in the developing world. Over 95% of fatal burn injuries occur in low- and middle-income countries [1]. While flame injuries are the main cause of burns in the adult population, children and especially toddlers are at higher risk of hot water burns. These burns account for approximately 5% of all burn deaths but account for a much higher proportion of non-fatal burns [2,3]. The survivors have to cope with problems such as disfigurements and pruritus (itch).
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In this study, we investigated whether postburn itch in rats, after a full thickness burn, is correlated to the nervous reinnervation of the burn wound area. For this purpose, we determined scratching duration (expressed as second/hour) at 24 hours, 2, 4, 8, and 12 weeks postburn and combined this with immunohistochemistry for protein gene product 9.5 (PGP9.5) to identify all nerve fibers, calcitonin gene related peptide (CGRP) to identify peptidergic fibers, tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) for sympathetic fibers, and growth‐associated protein 43 (GAP‐43) for regrowing fibers. We found a modest, but highly significant, ...
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