Occurrence, chronicity and intensity of itch in a clinical consecutive sample of patients with skin diseases

A multi-centre study in 13 european countries

Christina Schut, Florence J. Dalgard, Jon A. Halvorsen, Uwe Gieler, Lars Lien, Lucia Tomas Aragones, Francoise Poot, Gregor B.E. Jemec, Laurent Misery, L. Kemény, Francesca Sampogna, Henriët van Middendorp, Flora Balieva, Dennis Linder, Jacek C. Szepietowski, Andrey Lvov, Servando E. Marron, İlknur K. Altunay, Andrew Y. Finlay, Sam Salek & 1 others Jörg Kupfer

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Abstract

Itch is an unpleasant symptom, affecting many dermatological patients. Studies investigating the occurrence and intensity of itch in dermatological patients often focus on a single skin disease and omit a control group with healthy skin. The aim of this multi-centre study was to assess the occurrence, chronicity and intensity (visual analogue scale 0–10) of itch in patients with different skin diseases and healthy-skin controls. Out of 3,530 dermatological patients, 54.3% reported itch (mean ± standard deviation itch intensity 5.5 ± 2.5), while out of 1,094 healthy-skin controls 8% had itch (3.6 ± 2.3). Chronic itch was reported by 36.9% of the patients and 4.7% of the healthy-skin controls. Itch was most frequent (occurrence rates higher than 80%) in patients with unclassified pruritus, prurigo and related conditions, atopic dermatitis and hand eczema. However, many patients with psychodermato-logical conditions and naevi also reported itch (occur-rence rates higher than 19%).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-151
Number of pages6
JournalActa Dermato-Venereologica
Volume99
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2019

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Keywords

  • European perspective
  • Itch chronicity
  • Itch intensity
  • Itch occurrence
  • Skin diseases

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  • Dermatology

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Occurrence, chronicity and intensity of itch in a clinical consecutive sample of patients with skin diseases : A multi-centre study in 13 european countries. / Schut, Christina; Dalgard, Florence J.; Halvorsen, Jon A.; Gieler, Uwe; Lien, Lars; Aragones, Lucia Tomas; Poot, Francoise; Jemec, Gregor B.E.; Misery, Laurent; Kemény, L.; Sampogna, Francesca; van Middendorp, Henriët; Balieva, Flora; Linder, Dennis; Szepietowski, Jacek C.; Lvov, Andrey; Marron, Servando E.; Altunay, İlknur K.; Finlay, Andrew Y.; Salek, Sam; Kupfer, Jörg.

In: Acta Dermato-Venereologica, Vol. 99, No. 2, 01.02.2019, p. 146-151.

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Schut, C, Dalgard, FJ, Halvorsen, JA, Gieler, U, Lien, L, Aragones, LT, Poot, F, Jemec, GBE, Misery, L, Kemény, L, Sampogna, F, van Middendorp, H, Balieva, F, Linder, D, Szepietowski, JC, Lvov, A, Marron, SE, Altunay, İK, Finlay, AY, Salek, S & Kupfer, J 2019, 'Occurrence, chronicity and intensity of itch in a clinical consecutive sample of patients with skin diseases: A multi-centre study in 13 european countries', Acta Dermato-Venereologica, vol. 99, no. 2, pp. 146-151. https://doi.org/10.2340/00015555-3040
Schut, Christina ; Dalgard, Florence J. ; Halvorsen, Jon A. ; Gieler, Uwe ; Lien, Lars ; Aragones, Lucia Tomas ; Poot, Francoise ; Jemec, Gregor B.E. ; Misery, Laurent ; Kemény, L. ; Sampogna, Francesca ; van Middendorp, Henriët ; Balieva, Flora ; Linder, Dennis ; Szepietowski, Jacek C. ; Lvov, Andrey ; Marron, Servando E. ; Altunay, İlknur K. ; Finlay, Andrew Y. ; Salek, Sam ; Kupfer, Jörg. / Occurrence, chronicity and intensity of itch in a clinical consecutive sample of patients with skin diseases : A multi-centre study in 13 european countries. In: Acta Dermato-Venereologica. 2019 ; Vol. 99, No. 2. pp. 146-151.
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