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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...
Source: Wounds - Category: General Medicine Tags: Wounds Source Type: research

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