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February 1986

Water-Induced Itching Without Cutaneous Signs: Aquagenic Pruritus

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia (Dr Kligman); and the Institute of Dermatology, St John's Hospital for Diseases of the Skin, London (Dr Greaves). Dr Steinman is now with the Department of Dermatology, Veterans Administration Hospital, San Diego.

Arch Dermatol. 1986;122(2):183-186. doi:10.1001/archderm.1986.01660140073021

• Aquagenic pruritus is now a well-recognized symptom complex, usually of unknown origin. A few prove to have polycythemia rubra vera. We describe an important and distinct subset, termed aquagenic pruritus of the elderly, in which old age, dry skin, and seasonal weather conditions are major factors. Unlike other varieties, aquagenic pruritus of the elderly responds to appropriate local measures.

(Arch Dermatol 1986;122:183-186)

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