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Acute itching

Annette van Gessel & Marta Campbell
21.09.2015  10:29 Uhr

In the case of acute itching, those affected ask for advice in the pharmacy and seek rapid help against their complaints. PTA-Forum has compiled the most important vocabulary, questions and advice on the subject of "pruritus".

A sudden onset of itchiness can have many causes. It is, in itself, not an illness but only a symptom.

If the skin reddens, burns and itches, the causes may be a slight sunburn but also allergenic medication, cosmetics, sunscreen products and some food such as nuts and strawberries. To clarify the actual cause, persons affected should pay an early visit to the doctor. Even if the actual cause is still unclear, many expect direct help at the pharmacy and ask for medication for their complaints. This also applies when on holiday or a business stay abroad.

Before any medicine can be recommended PTA or the pharmacist needs to ask the person concerned some questions and clarify if self-medication can be responsibly commended. For short-term relief, gels and creams containing corticoid or an antihistamine can be used. If the skin is severely inflamed and appears yellowish, the person concerned must see a doctor. The same applies if children are affected.

Important questions for the consultation

  • Since when have you had these symptoms?
  • Which areas of your body are affected by the itchiness?
  • Apart from the itching, are there any additional symptoms?
  • Do you have an explanation for the sudden itchiness?
  • Have you already taken any medicine for these complaints?
  • Are you taking any medication regularly?
  • Have you already seen a doctor about this health complaint?

Additional information

  • Cold and damp compresses can soothe irritated skin.
  • Avoid everything that will dry out the skin such as sunbathing, soap, shower gel.
  • Wear smoothly ironed clothing made of cotton or silk.
  • Sometimes a cold shower will relief the symptoms.
  • Take a bath with rehydrating bath additives.
  • If the itchiness does not subside within two days, go and see a doctor.
Deutsch / German Englisch / English
Arzneimittel medicine
Badezusatz bath additive
Brennen burning
Beschwerden complaints
Duschgel shower gel
Juckreiz itching, itchiness
Kleidung clothing
Körperregion area of the body
Symptome symptoms
Sonnenbrand sunburn
Umschläge compresses
Vocabulary on pruritus