Aquagenic Pruritus

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Aquagenic Pruritus

Aquagenic pruritus is a condition in which contact with water of any temperature causes intense itching without any visible skin changes.  The episodes can begin anywhere from 1 to 15 minutes (or more) after contact with water and typically lasts 10 to 120 minutes (average: 40 minutes). The cause of aquagenic pruritus is unknown; however, familial cases have been described. Although the condition occurs more commonly in middle-aged and elderly males, aquagenic pruritus has also been observed in women and children. The symptoms of the condition are similar to those seen in patients with other conditions; therefore, a thorough evaluation should be performed to rule out other more serious conditions. Overall, treatment for aquagenic pruritus has been disappointing.
 

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The terms "Aquagenic Pruritus" returned 5 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Reversible aquagenic pruritus associated with testosterone-induced erythrocytosis.
 

Author(s): Michael Liu, Kanade Shinkai

Journal: J. Am. Acad. Dermatol.. 2014 Jun;70(6):e139-40.

 

Last Updated: 16 May 2014

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Aquagenic pruritus in polycythemia vera: characteristics and influence on quality of life in 441 patients.
 

Author(s): Fabian P Siegel, Jan Tauscher, Petro E Petrides

Journal: Am. J. Hematol.. 2013 Aug;88(8):665-9.

 

Aquagenic pruritus (AP) is a symptom typical for polycythemia vera, but very little is known about its exact frequency, characteristics, influence on quality of life, and proper treatment. Therefore, we investigated these aspects in a large cohort of German patients with polycythemia ...

Last Updated: 24 Jul 2013

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Prevalence and characteristics of aquagenic pruritus in a young African population.
 

Author(s): T A Salami, S O Samuel, K C Eze, E Irekpita, E Oziegbe, M O Momoh

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Aquagenic pruritus (AP) occurs during or after contact of the skin with water such as occurs in bathing.

Last Updated: 27 Apr 2009

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