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Title:
Living with itch : a patient's guide
Author:
Yosipovitch, Gil.
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Publication Information:
Baltimore : The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.
Physical Description:
x, 145 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
Summary:
Chronic itch can interfere with a person's ability to function, and can even affect quality of life. The authors explain the cascade of physiological events that causes us to experience itch. They describe the many skin diseases and conditions that cause itch, and provide information on preventing, treating, and coping with your condition.
Language:
English
Contents:
Foreword / by Jeffrey D. Bernhard -- A patient's perspective. Eczema: a lifelong conflict -- Definitions and mechanisms of itch -- Different forms of itch -- Treating itch -- Conclusion.
ISBN:
9781421412337
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Book

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We have all experienced itch, whether from insect bites or dry skin, but millions of people worldwide have chronic or even intractable itch. Just like chronic pain, chronic itch interferes with a person's ability to function--and even affects quality of life. Living with Itch offers relief, drawing on the authors' vast knowledge of itch, the suffering it causes, and available treatments.

Itch researchers and clinicians Drs. Gil Yosipovitch and Shawn G. Kwatra explain the cascade of physiological events that causes us to experience itch. They describe the many skin diseases, from atopic dermatitis (eczema) to psoriasis, and conditions like chronic kidney disease, lymphoma, HIV, and neuropathies that cause itch. Living with Itch provides information on preventing itch as well as topical and systemic ways to treat it. Patient and parent narratives illustrate how people cope with itch and how, with medical and social support, itch can be managed.


Author Notes

Gil Yosipovitch, M.D., is a professor and chair of the Department of Dermatology and director of the Temple Itch Center at Temple University School of Medicine. He is known as the "Godfather of Itch" and is the founder of the International Forum for the Study of Itch.
Shawn G. Kwatra, M.D., is a resident in the Department of Dermatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Yosipovitch, chair of the department of dermatology and director of the Temple Itch Center at Temple University School of Medicine, and Kwatra, a dermatology resident at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, present a comprehensive guide for patients, their caregivers, and families. In part one, the authors provide the definition and causes of itch, which can range from mosquito bites or poison ivy (acute itch) to chronic diseases, such as eczema and psoriasis. Part two presents the different forms of itch. Part three covers treatments, including prevention and topical and systemic treatments. Woven through the straightforward medical chapters are several moving essays by patients describing the challenges of living with eczema, psoriatic itch, and cutaneous lymphoma itch. Chronic itch (itching that lasts longer than six weeks), the authors note, can lead to depression, anxiety, sleep problems, and even thoughts of suicide. Although there is no simple cure, the book offers hope as well as treatment options, useful charts, and links to online resources. Those seeking support, information, and relief will benefit from this forthright guide. 31 color, 1 b&w illus. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Table of Contents

Jeffrey D. Bernhard, M.D.
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
A Patient's Perspective. Eczema: A Lifelong Conflictp. 1
Part I Definitions and Mechanisms of Itch
1 What Is Itch?p. 13
2 What Causes Itch?p. 16
Part II Different Forms of Itch
A Parent's Perspective. An Unexpected Lifep. 23
3 Atopic Dermatitisp. 33
A Patient's Perspective. From Double Helix to Dermis: The Menacing Morse Code of Psoriatic Itchp. 42
4 Psoriasisp. 46
A Patient's Perspective. Cutaneous Lymphoma Itchp. 49
5 Cutaneous T-cell Lymphomap. 52
6 Chronic Urticariap. 56
7 Neuropathic Itchp. 60
8 Itch Associated with Autoimmune Disordersp. 63
9 Itch Associated with Infectionsp. 69
10 Itch Associated with Systemic Disordersp. 75
11 Unique Types of Itchp. 81
12 Psychogenic Itchp. 98
Part III Treating Itch
13 Preventing Itch without Medicationsp. 105
14 Topical Treatments for Itchp. 109
15 Systemic Treatment for Itchp. 119
Conclusionp. 131
Glossaryp. 133
Referencesp. 135
Resources: Associations for People with Specific Skin Conditionsp. 137
Indexp. 141