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Sarita Nori, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Sarita Nori was drawn to dermatology because of the intersection of science and medicine that is at the heart of dermatology. She feels this is what really allows her to help her patients. “There is a lot of problem-solving in dermatology and I like that,” she explains. “It’s also a profession where you can help people quickly and really make a difference in their lives.” | Some of the typical skin problems that Dr. Nori treats include skin cancers, psoriasis, acne, eczema, rashes, and contact dermatitis. Dr Nori believes in using all possible avenues of treatment, such as biologics, especially in patients with chronic diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. “These medications can work superbly, and they are really life-changing for many patients.” | Dr. Nori feels it’s important for patients to have a good understanding of the disease or condition that is affecting them. “I like to educate my patients on their problem and have them really understand it so they can take the best course of action. Patients always do better when they understand their skin condition, and how to treat it.”

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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  • The skin is itchy and has scratches

  • Skin itching that worsens at night

  • Itch is mild

  • Scratching the skin

  • Nighttime itch is worse

  • Persistent, mild itch

  • A scratch

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What is Pruritus?

Pruritus is the sensation of itchy skin. Causes vary greatly from dry skin, infections, skin conditions, allergies, and other internal diseases.

Typical Symptoms of Pruritus

  • Skin over the entire body is red

  • Skin Itching

  • Multiple areas of skin redness or red spots

  • Dry skin that gets worse or cracks in the winter months

  • Skin rashes with tiny bumps

  • Skin itching that worsens at night

  • Skin problem on the chest, tummy or back

  • Skin problem in area not covered by clothes

Doctor's Diagnostic Questionson Pruritus

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this disease:

  • Is your whole body red?

  • Is your skin itchy?

  • Do you have multiple red areas or spots on your skin?

  • Does your dry skin worsen or crack during winter?

  • Do you have a skin rash with tiny bumps?

Treatmentof Pruritus

Mild cases that are tolerable can be managed at home with good moisturizing. If pruritus is accompanied by other symptoms or doesn't improve, prescription creams, ointments, and oral medications can help. Treatment of the underlying cause of the itch is necessary.

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References

  • Song J, Xian D, Yang L, Xiong X, Lai R, Zhong J. Pruritus: Progress toward Pathogenesis and Treatment. Biomed Res Int. 2018 Apr 11;2018:9625936. doi: 10.1155/2018/9625936. PMID: 29850592; PMCID: PMC5925168.

    https://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2018/9625936/

  • Chung BY, Um JY, Kim JC, Kang SY, Park CW, Kim HO. Pathophysiology and Treatment of Pruritus in Elderly. Int J Mol Sci. 2020 Dec 26;22(1):174. doi: 10.3390/ijms22010174. PMID: 33375325; PMCID: PMC7795219.

    https://www.mdpi.com/1422-0067/22/1/174

  • Nowak DA, Yeung J. Diagnosis and treatment of pruritus. Can Fam Physician. 2017 Dec;63(12):918-924. Erratum in: Can Fam Physician. 2018 Feb;64(2):92. PMID: 29237630; PMCID: PMC5729138.

    https://www.cfp.ca/content/63/12/918.long

  • Weisshaar E, Szepietowski JC, Dalgard FJ, Garcovich S, Gieler U, Giménez-Arnau AM, Lambert J, Leslie T, Mettang T, Misery L, Şavk E, Streit M, Tschachler E, Wallengren J, Ständer S. European S2k Guideline on Chronic Pruritus. Acta Derm Venereol. 2019 Apr 1;99(5):469-506. doi: 10.2340/00015555-3164. PMID: 30931482.

    https://medicaljournalssweden.se/actadv/article/view/3172

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Reviewed By:

Sarita Nori, MD

Sarita Nori, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Sarita Nori was drawn to dermatology because of the intersection of science and medicine that is at the heart of dermatology. She feels this is what really allows her to help her patients. “There is a lot of problem-solving in dermatology and I like that,” she explains. “It’s also a profession where you can help people quickly and really make a difference in their lives.” | Some of the typical skin problems that Dr. Nori treats include skin cancers, psoriasis, acne, eczema, rashes, and contact dermatitis. Dr Nori believes in using all possible avenues of treatment, such as biologics, especially in patients with chronic diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. “These medications can work superbly, and they are really life-changing for many patients.” | Dr. Nori feels it’s important for patients to have a good understanding of the disease or condition that is affecting them. “I like to educate my patients on their problem and have them really understand it so they can take the best course of action. Patients always do better when they understand their skin condition, and how to treat it.”

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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