Send to

Choose Destination
Clin Geriatr Med. 2013 May;29(2):479-99. doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2013.01.009.

Evaluation and management of pruritus and scabies in the elderly population.

Author information

Department of Dermatology, Saint Louis University, 1755 South Grand Boulevard, Saint Louis, MO 63104, USA.


Pruritus is the most common dermatologic complaint in individuals older than 65 years. The elderly comprise a demographic that seeks medical attention for itch with greater frequency than other age groups. Managing pruritus in elderly patients represents a unique therapeutic challenge attributable to a range of circumstances that are of particular importance in this population. Topical steroid therapy must be administered carefully, and other forms of treatment, including phototherapy, may be difficult to maintain. The challenge of treating pruritus in the elderly might also stem from communication barriers that prevent definitive identification of the itch's underlying etiology or severity.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science
Loading ...
Support Center