Sunday, May 25, 2014


Dictionary Meaning -
(according to Dorland's pocket medical Dictionary)

Itching; Pruritus; An Unpleasant Cutaneous sensation, Provoking The Desire To Scratch Or Rub The Skin.  

Pruritus; Itching. 
  • Pruritus A'ni; Intense Chronic Itching In The Anal Region.  
  • Pruritus Hiema'lis; Asteatotic Eczema.  
  • Pruritus seni'lis; senile pruritus; Itching In The Aged, Possibly Due To Dryness Of The Skin.  
  • Uremic Pruritus; Generalized Itching Associated With Chronic Renal Failure And Not Attributable To Other Internal Or Skin Disease. 
  • Pruritus Vul'vae; Intense Itching Of The Female External Genitals. 

Itch; A Skin Disorder Attended With Itching
  • Baker's Itch; Any Of The Hands Seen In Bakers, Such As Onychomycosis Or Allergic Reactions To Constituents Of The Flour. 
  • Barber's Itch; 1. Tinea Barbae.            2. Sycosis Barbae.  
  • Grain Itch; Itching Dermatitis Due To A Mite, Pyemotes Ventricosus, That Preys On Insect Larvae Living On Straw, Grain, And Other Plants. 
  • Grocer's Itch; A Vesicular Dermatitis Caused By Mites Found In Stored Foods And Products Of Animal Origin.  
  • Ground Itch; The Itching Eruption Caused By The Entrance Into The Skin Of The Larvae Of Ancyclostoma Duodenale Or Necator Americanus In Hookworm Disease.  
  • Jock Itch; Tinea Cruris. 
  • Seven-Year Itch; Popular Name For Scabies. 
  • Swimmer's Itch; Cercarial Dermatitis. 
  • Winter Itch; Asteatotic Eczema Of The Hands Seen In Bakers, Such As Onychomycosis Or Allergic Reactions To Constituents Of The Flour.

Pathological Point Of View -

" Itch (Latin: pruritus) Is A Sensation That Causes The Desire Or Reflex To Scratch."


 Infections And Infestations:
  •  Allergic Reaction To Contact With Specific Chemicals.
  •  Body Louse, Found In Substandard Living Conditions.
  •  Cutaneous Larva Migrans, A Skin Disease.
  •  Head Lice, If Limited To The Neck And Scalp
  •  Herpes, A Viral Disease
  •  Insect Bites.
  •  Photodermatitis – Sunlight Reacts With Chemicals In The Skin, Leading To The                                         Formation Of Irritant Metabolites.
  •  Pubic Lice, If Limited To The Genital Area.
  •  Scabies, Especially When Several Other Persons In Close Contact Also Itch.
  •  Shaving, Which May Irritate The Skin.
  •  Swimmer's Itch, A Short-Term, Immune Reaction.
  •  Varicella – i.e., Chickenpox, Prevalent Among Young Children And Highly Contagious.

Environmental And Allergic:
  • Urticaria (Also Called Hives).

Dermatological Disorders:
  • Dandruff – An Unusually Large Amount Of Flaking Is Associated With This Sensation.
  • Punctate Palmoplantar Keratoderma, A Group Of Disorders Characterized By                                                                        Abnormal Thickening Of The Palms And Soles.
  • Scab Healing, Scar Growth, And The Development Or Emergence Of Moles, Pimples,   And Ingrown Hairs From Below The Epidermis.
  • Skin Conditions (Such As Psoriasis, Eczema, Sunburn, Athlete's foot, And Hidradenitis Suppurativa).
  • Xerosis – Dry Skin, Frequently Seen In The Winter And Also Associated With Older                    Age, Frequent Bathing In Hot Showers Or Baths, And High-Temperature                      And Low-Humidity Environments.

Medical Disorders:
  • Diabetes Mellitus, A Group Of Metabolic Diseases In Which A Person Has High Blood                             Sugar.
  • Hyperparathyroidism, Overactivity Of The Parathyroid Glands Resulting In Excess                                           Production Of Parathyroid Hormone (PTH).
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia, A Common Anemia (Low Red Blood Cell Or Hemoglobin                                             Levels).
  • Jaundice And Cholestasis – Bilirubin Is A Skin Irritant At High Concentrations.
  • Malignancy Or Internal Cancer, Such As Lymphoma Or Hodgkin's Disease.
  • Menopause, Or Changes In Hormonal Balances Associated With Aging.
  • Polycythemia, Which Can Cause Generalized Itching Due To Increased Histamines
  • Thyroid Illness
  • Uraemia – The Itching Sensation Due To This Causes Is Known As Uremic Pruritus.
  • Psychiatric Disease ("Psychogenic Itch", As May Be Seen In Delusional Parasitosis)
  • Medication:

  • (Such As Opioids) That Activate Histamine (H1) Receptors Or Trigger Histamine                                         Release. 
  • Chloroquine, A Drug.

Related to pregnancy:
  • Gestational Pemphigoid, A Dermatosis Of  Pregnancy.
  • Intrahepatic Cholestasis Of Pregnancy, A Medical Condition In Which Cholestasis                                                                    Occurs.
  • Pruritic Urticarial Papules And Plaques Of Pregnancy (PUPPP), A Chronic Hives-Like Rash.

 Mechanism -
" Itch Can Originate In The Peripheral Nervous System ( Dermal Or Neuropathic ) Or In The     Central Nervous System ( Neuropathic, Neurogenic, Or Psychogenic ).

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Home Remedies For Itching -

       1. Bentonite Clay-

Most Probable Mode Of Action- Not Known!

      2. Peppermint Leaves-

               Most Probable Mode Of Action- Not Known!

      3. Fresh Basil Leaves-

Most Probable Mode Of Action- Not Known!

      4. Aloe Vera-

                Most Probable Mode Of Action- Not Known!

      5. Coconut Oil-

Most Probable Mode Of Action- Not Known!

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Ayurvedic Medicines For Itching -

Allopathic Treatment For Itching -

Step-1 Is It Scabies? 

Look For Papules In Interdigital Folds, Buttocks And Genitals. Ask For Itching In Any Other Member Of The Family. 

Treatment - 
1. Benzyle Benzoate. 2. Gamma Benzene Hexachloride. 3. Antihistaminic. 4. Antibiotic. 5. On The Last Day Of Treatment, collect all clothes, towels and bed linen in a large vessel and boil them in soap water - to prevent reinfection. 6. For total eradication of infection, all family members should be treated simultaneously.  

Step-2 is it associated with urticarial rash? 

Ask for history of any tablets or drugs taken. Any change in food, or any insect bites. Treat as for urticaria. 

Step 3. Is it related to weather? 

    1- Dry skin; cracking & itching in winter: 

1. Rub oil into the skin before bath & at night. Everyday.  
2. Apply vaselin or petroleum jelly to cracked skin.  
3. Tab avil.  
4. Cetrizine. 

   2- prickly heat in summer: 

1. Increase frequency of bath.   
2. Sprinkle nycil powder. Particularly over chest & back & affected area.  
3. Antihistaminic Cetrizine.  
4. Apply 6% sodabicarb solution * 2 times/day * 2 weeks. 

 If  No Response, Ask For Investigations ;-
  •  Check blood sugar for diabetes. 
  •  Check for jaundice. (obstructive jaundice with high direct bilirubin =     itching) 
  •  Check blood. Urea and urine albumen fir chronic renal failure. 
  •  Try I.V. Calcium if no cause is found. 
  •  Insert Gel locally for symptomatic relief (pramoxine Hcl). 

Homoeopathic Treatment For Itching -

" One Single Simple Drug Substance In Its Most Suitable Potency, According To Symptom Similarity Based On Totality! "

In Case Of Itching, List Of Useful Remedies (According To KENT'S REPERTORY )

ITCHING : Acon., Agar.agn.ail., aloe.,, ambr.anac., anag., anan.ant-c.ant-t., anthr.Apis.arg-m.arn., ars-i.Ars., asaf., asar., astac.aur-m-n., aur-m., aur.,, bell., bism., bor., Bov.bry.calad.calc-p.calc-s., calc.camph., cann-s., canth., caps., carb-ac.carb-an.Carb-s.Carb-v.Caust., cham., Chel.chin-a.chin., Chlol.,cic.cina., cinnb., cist.clem.coc-c., cocc.coff., colch., coll., coloc., con.croc., crot-h.crot-t.cupr-ar., cupr.cycl.dig.dios., dol.dros., dulc.eupho., euphr., fl-ac.gamb.gels.,Graph., guai., hell., hep., hydrc.hyos., ign., indg., iod., ip.jug-c., jug-r.kali-ar.kali-bi.kali-br., kali-c.kali-n., kali-p., kali-s.kreos.lach.laur., led.Lyc.Mag-c., mag-m., mang.,med.meny., merc-i-f., Merc.Mez., mosch., mur-ac., nat-a.nat-c.Nat-m., nat-p., nat-s.nit-ac.nux-v.Ol-an.olnd.op.par.,, phos.plat.plb., Psor., ptel., Puls., ran-b., ran-s., rheum., rhod., Rhus-t., rumx., ruta.sabad.sabin., sal-ac., samb., sars.sec., sel., seneg., Sep.Sil., spig., Spong.squil.stann., Staph., stram., stront., sul-ac.,,tarax., Tarent., tell., teucr., thuj.til.Urt-u., valer., verat., vesp.viol-o., viol-t.zinc.

morning : Am-c., rhus-t.sars., staph., stram., sulph.
bed, in : Calc.coloc., petr., rhus-t.spong., sulph.
rising, on : Rumx.sars.
waking, on : Stram.
evening : Alum., am-m., anac., apis., calad., carb-an.carb-v., cocc., coloc., con.cycl., fl-ac., Kreos., lyc., merc.mez., mur-ac., nux-v.olnd., puls.sars., sel., sil., thuj., zinc.
amel. : Cact.
bed, in :, calad., carb-an.carb-v., coloc., con., cycl., lyc., merc., mur-ac., nat-c., nux-v., puls.sars., tell., thuj., til., zinc.
night : Ail., am-c., am-m., arg-n., bar-c., berb., bov., cadm., Carb-s., card-m., caust.Chlol.cist.clem.cocc., croc., dol.euphr., gamb., gels., graph.iris., kali-ar., kali-bi.kreos.,lach.lachn., led.lyss., manc., merc-i-f., merc., mez.nux-v., olnd., plan., puls., sars., sil.stram., Sulph., thuj., Urt-u., zinc.
bathing amel. : Clem.
biting : Agar.agn.alum., am-c., am-m.ant-c., arn., bar-m., bell., berb., bor., bov.bry.calc-p., calc.camph., canth., caps., carb-an., carb-v.caust.cham., chel., chin., cimic., coc-c., cocc., colch., coloc., con.dros., dulc.eupho.hell., ip., kali-n., lach.Led.lyc.mag-c., mang., merc.mez.mur-ac., nat-c.nat-m., nat-p., nicc., nux-v.Ol-an.Olnd., op.,, plat., psor.ptel., Puls., ran-b., ran-s., rhod., rhus-t., rumx.ruta., sel., sep., sil.spig., spong.stront., sulph.tarent.tell.thuj.Urt-u., verat., viol-t., zinc.
perspiration, after : Cocc.burning : Acon.agar.agn.alum., am-c., ambr., anac., ant-c., apis.arg-m., arn., ars-i., Ars., asaf., aur., bar-c.bell.berb., bism., bov.Bry.calad.calc-p.calc-s., calc.camph., cann-s., canth., caps., carb-an., carb-v., caust.cham., chin-a., chin., Chlol.cic.cinnb., clem., cocc., coff., colch., coloc., com.con.cupr., dig., dros., dulc., eupho., Graph., guai., hell., hep.hyos., ign., iod., jug-c.kali-ar.kali-bi.kali-c.kali-n., kali-s.kreos., Lach., lachn., laur., led., Lyc., mag-c., mang., meny., merc.mez.mur-ac., nat-a., nat-c., nat-m., nat-p., nit-ac., nux-v., olnd., op., pall., petr., ph-ac., phel., phos.plat., plb., Puls., ran-b., rhod., Rhus-t., ruta., sabad., samb., sars., sec., sel., seneg., sep.Sil.spig.spong., squil.,stann., staph., stram., stront., sul-ac., Sulph., teucr., thuj., urt-u.valer., verat., viol-o., viol-t., zinc.
night : Bov.lachn., mez.til.
as from nettles : Calc-p., Chlol., cocc., Urt-u.
ITCHING, chill, during

chill, during : Hep.petr.
coition, after : Agar.
cold air, in : Apis., cadm., kali-ar., lact-ac., nit-ac., rumx.sep., spong., staph.tell., tub.
amel. : Kali-bi.crawling : Acon.Agar., agn.,, ambr., ant-c., arg-m.arn.ars., asaf., aur., bar-c.bell., bor., bov., bry., calad., calc-s., calc., camph., cann-s., canth., caps., carb-s.carb-v., caust.chel., chin., cina., cocc., Colch.con.croc., dig.euphr., graph., guai., hep., ign., kali-ar., kali-c.kali-p., kali-s., lach., laur., led., Lyc., mag-c., mag-m., mang., merc.mur-ac., nat-a., nat-c.nat-m., nat-p., nit-ac., nux-v.olnd.pall., par., ph-ac.phos., Plat.Plb.Puls.ran-b.ran-s., rhod.Rhus-t.sabad.sabin., sec.sel., Sep.sil.Spig., spong., squil., Staph., sul-ac., Sulph.Tarent., teucr., thuj., verat., viol-t., zinc.
despair, from : Psor.
drunkards : Carb-v., lach., nux-v., sulph.
eating, after : Calc-p.
eruption, without : Alum.Ars., cist., dol.gels.lach., med., merc.Mez.petr.psor.sulph.
exertion, after : Nat-m.
fever, during : Kali-br.
heat of stove amel. : Rumx.Tub.
jaundice, during : Hep.
jerking : Calc., carb-s.caust., lyc.nat-m., puls., rhus-t.
lying amel. : Urt-u.
meat, after eating : Ruta.
menses, during : Graph.kali-c.phos.
mental exertion : Agar.
nausea, before : Sang.
must scratch until he vomits : Ip.old people : Mez.
overheated, when : Ign., lyc.
pain ceases, when : Ign., lyc., stront.
painful parts : Carb-s., ign., thuj.
paralyzed parts, in : Phos.
parts lain on : Chin.
perspiration agg. : Mang.merc.rhod.
perspiring parts : All-s., am-c., benz-ac., calc., cann-s., cedr., cham.coloc., fl-ac., ip., led., lyc.Mang., op., par., rhod., rhus-t., sabad., spong., sulph.
scratch until it bleeds, must :, chlol.led., med.psor.puls.
until it is raw :, ant-c., arn., bar-c., bov., calc., carb-s.caust., chin., dros., Graph., hep., kali-c., kreos., lach.lyc.mang., merc., olnd.Petr., phos., plb.,psor.puls., rhus-t., ruta., sabin., sep.sil., squil., sul-ac., sulph.til.scratching agg. :, Anac., anag., arg-m.arn.Ars., bar-c., bism.bov.calad.calc., cann-s., canth., Caps., carb-an., carb-v., caust.cham., chel., cinnb., coff.,con.cupr., dol.dros., guai., ip., kreos., lachn., led.mag-c., mang., merc., mez.mur-ac., nat-a., nat-c., par., ph-ac., phos., phyt., Puls.Rhus-t., rhus-v., seneg., sep., sil.spig., spong., squil., stann., staph.stram., stront.Sulph.til.
amel. : Agar., agn.alum., am-c., am-m., ambr., anac., ant-c., ant-t., apis., arn., ars., Asaf., bell., bor., bov., brom.bry.cadm., calc-s., Calc., camph., cann-s.canth.caps., carb-an., caust., chel., chin., cic., cina.clem., coloc., com., con., crot-t.Cycl., dig., dros.form., guai.hep., hydr., ign.jug-c.kali-ar., kali-c.kali-n., kali-s., kreos.laur., led., mag-c.mag-m., mang.meny., merc., mez., mosch., Mur-ac.Nat-c., nat-p., nit-ac., nux-v., olnd., ph-ac., Phos., plat., plb.prun-s., ran-b., rhus-t., ruta.sabad., sabin., sal-ac., samb., sars.sec., sel., seneg., sep.spig., spong., squil., stann., staph., sul-ac., sulph.tarax., thuj.valer., viol-t., zinc.
changing place, on : Agar.alum., anac., calc., canth.carb-an., chel., cycl., ign.mag-c., mag-m., mez.pall., spong.staph.sul-ac.zinc.

For Detail Study Of Individual Remedy From HOMŒOPATHIC MATERIA MEDICA
by William BOERICKE, M.D.:-

Special Thanks To Damini Rathwa, Dhwani Gamit, Dipti Varma, Vidita Rathwa, & Hiral Markar.

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