Definition

Pruritus/itch is a sensation in the skin that provokes the desire to scratch. Pruritus can be acute or chronic (starting from 6 weeks duration).

Acute pruritus is always a warning signal from the body. By scratching, foreign bodies on the skin such as insects or plant components are quickly removed. After that the pruritus is gone.

If the pruritus lasts longer than six weeks, one speaks of chronic pruritus. Chronic pruritus is a painful symptom, which can have different causes. Chronic renal failure, cholestatic liver disease, neurological diseases, infectious diseases, metabolic and endocrine diseases as well as atopic dermatitis for example can be the cause of constant pruritus. Also drugs can produce pruritus. Constant pruritus is extremely stressful for the affected person and often difficult to treat. In about half of the cases of chronic pruritus, the doctor cannot find a clear cause. Therefore the therapy is often difficult. Often different medical disciplines are consulted to find the suitable therapy for the patient.

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The International Forum for the Study of Itch (IFSI) reaffirms the importance of treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic
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WCI 2021 cancelled – Due to the insecurities in health and instable world economical situation the IFSI Board of Directors decided to cancel the World Congress of Itch (WCI) in Shanghai, China, 2021.
As a substitute, we may offer a smaller virtual congress in 2021. Furthermore, we will observe the worldwide situation. We are positive that we can definitely organize the WCI in 2023 as a Face-to-face congress again. We will keep our members and those being interested informed about this. Stay safe and healthy!
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Itch, the official journal of the International Forum for the Study of Itch (IFSI)
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