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Why Do Wounds Itch?

Why Do Wounds Itch? Wounds. 2018 Jan;30(1):1-3 Authors: Lerner E Abstract Everyone has experienced itch. It might simply be the nuisance of a mosquito bite or a transient itch on the scalp that is relieved by a simple scratch. For wounds such as venous ulcers, itch may be present but is usually mild. For some of the 40% of people with neuropathic itch or pain that can develop and persist following mastectomy, itch can be overwhelming, intractable, not widely appreciated by the medical community, and poorly responsive to current treatment regimens. Why are some wounds in some patients itchy whereas seemingly equivalent ones in the same or other patients not? Why is the sensation of itch present in the wound itself in some cases while in the surrounding skin in others? Why are burns so frequently associated with itch? How commonly do wounds itch? Detailed answers to these questions are lacking, but this area is beginning to be explored. Herein, the author provides an overview of the current understanding of the physiology of itch. An effort is made to place that understanding in the context of wounds, and therapeutic approaches that may be outside of the conventional toolkit are made based on this background. PMID: 29406291 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Wounds - Category: General Medicine Tags: Wounds Source Type: research

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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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Authors: Bolton LT Abstract Dear Readers, Itching (pruritus) of a wound, scar, or dermatologic disorder can negatively impact a patient's quality of life, resulting in injurious scratching1 or impeded rehabilitation.2 Like pain, itch can cause the su erer to lose sleep and appetite or even consider suicide.3,4 Clinical measures of pruritus have proved reliable and valid in individuals with burn wounds, dermatologic conditions, or urticaria5-7 or resulting scars,2 allowing studies to clarify its impact on human experience and compare the e ects of interventions to reduce itching. This Evidence Corner explores the e ...
Source: Wounds - Category: General Medicine Tags: Wounds Source Type: research
Abstract AbstractMore than half of individuals experiencing major thermal burn injury (MThBI) receive an autologous skin graft (autograft), in which skin is removed from a healthy “donor” site and transplanted to the burn site. Persistent pain and itch at the graft site are major causes of suffering and disability in MThBI survivors. African Americans have a higher risk of MThBI, and in other clinical settings African Americans experience a greater burden of pain and itch relative to European Americans. However, to our knowledge, ethnic differences in skin graft site pain and itch outcomes after MThBI have not ...
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Over half of individuals experiencing major thermal burn injury (MThBI) receive an autologous skin graft (autograft), in which skin is removed from a healthy " donor " site and transplanted to the burn site. Persistent pain/itch at the graft site are major causes of suffering and disability in MThBI survivors. African Americans have a higher risk of MThBI, and in other clinical settings African Americans experience a greater burden of pain and itch relative to European Americans. However, to our knowledge, ethnic differences in skin graft site pain/itch outcomes after MThBI have not been assessed. We evaluated sk...
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Objective: Pain and itch symptoms are common after major thermal burn injury (MThBI)—requiring tissue autografting. To our knowledge, no prospective longitudinal studies have characterized pain and itch outcomes after tissue autografting and associations between and functional interference caused by such symptoms. Materials and Methods: We prospectively evaluated burn graft site and tissue donor site pain and itch severity (0 to 10, numeric rating scale) over 1 year among a representative cohort of MThBI survivors (n=96) who received tissue autografting within 14 days of MThBI. Results: Nearly all participants had ...
Source: The Clinical Journal of Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
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