Pruritus in the Elderly
Pruritic eruptions are common in the elderly especially in those in their 70s and 80s. Broadly, pruritus can be due to a primary dermatological disorder or to an underlying system disease. A wide variety of systemic diseases is associated with pruritus, and in 10–50%, it is an important intimation of an underlying system disease.
KeywordsPruritus Pruritic eruptions Itch Pruritogens Parasitosis
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