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Living without Itch

Proven Strategies and Treatments for Relief

Gil Yosipovitch, MD, and Zoe M. Lipman, MD

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Find relief from acute or chronic itch in this comprehensive guide—now completely updated!

When should you scratch—and when should you let an itch be? Living without Itch offers the millions of people suffering from itch an essential and updated guide on how to find relief from their suffering. Researcher and clinician Gil Yosipovitch, MD, draws from his decades of experience caring for patients to share a treasure trove of easy-to-understand information to educate readers on how to manage their itchy conditions.

This book comprehensively covers both acute and chronic itchy conditions, from...

Find relief from acute or chronic itch in this comprehensive guide—now completely updated!

When should you scratch—and when should you let an itch be? Living without Itch offers the millions of people suffering from itch an essential and updated guide on how to find relief from their suffering. Researcher and clinician Gil Yosipovitch, MD, draws from his decades of experience caring for patients to share a treasure trove of easy-to-understand information to educate readers on how to manage their itchy conditions.

This book comprehensively covers both acute and chronic itchy conditions, from hives, psoriasis, and eczema, to systemic and neurologic diseases, as well as recommendations for treatment options. Patients share their lived experiences and advice, while contributions from multi-disciplinary experts in nursing, psychology, and alternative medicine provide unique approaches to managing itch. This new edition includes:
• Updated information about the itch pathway—why it occurs and the cascade of events that result in itch
• Newly available FDA-approved treatments
• Special considerations for populations such as individuals undergoing immunotherapy for cancer
• Recommendations for lifestyle interventions, including nutrition, psychotherapy, allergy medications, and behavioral changes

Completely revised and updated to include important developments in the field since the last edition's publication, this guide provides the information you need to understand, prevent, and manage itch.

Contributors: David Baker, Rachael Bronstein, Kyle Bruner, Denis Eirikis, Juan Gonzales, Peter Lio, Chip Newton, Christina Schut

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36 b&w photos, 4 figures
Table of Contents

Foreword, by Rachael Bronstein
1. Introduction to Itch
1.1 What Is Itch?
1.2 How Many People Itch? (Epidemiology)
1.3 Why Do I Itch? (Mechanisms)
1.4 Terminology in Dermatology (Definitions)
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Foreword, by Rachael Bronstein
1. Introduction to Itch
1.1 What Is Itch?
1.2 How Many People Itch? (Epidemiology)
1.3 Why Do I Itch? (Mechanisms)
1.4 Terminology in Dermatology (Definitions)
2. Understanding My Itch
2.1 Acute Itch
2.1.1. Insect Bites
2.1.2 Uritcaria (Hives)
2.1.3 Acute Contact Dermatitis
2.2 Chronic Itch
2.2.1 Xerosis (Dry Skin)
2.2.2 Inflammatory Skin Diseases
Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
My Experience with Atopic Dermatitis, by Kyle Bruner
Other Eczematous Dermatitis
Psoriasis
My Experience with Psoriasis, by Chip Newton
Prurigo Nodularis
My Experience with Prurigo Nodularis, by David Baker
Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria
Lichen Planus
Pityriasis Rosea
Pityriasis Lichenoides
Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma
2.2.3 Itch Associated with Autoimmune Disorders
Bullous Skin Disorders
Dermatomyositis
Scleroderma
Sjogrens Syndrome
2.2.4 Itch Associated with Infections
Scabies
Dermatophytosis
Folliculitis
HIV
Tropical Itch
2.2.5 Itch Associated with Systemic Disease
Chronic Kidney Disease-Associated Pruritus
Cholestatic Itch
Pruritus Associated with Endocrine Disorders
Pruritus Associated with Blood Disorders
Drug Associated Pruritus
2.2.6 Neuropathic Itch
Peripheral Neuropathic itch (PHN, BRP, NP)
My Experience with Brachioradial Pruritus, by Denis Eirikis
Central Neuropathic Itch (MS, Stroke)
Phantom Itch
2.2.7 Pruritus in the Elderly
2.2.8 Chronic Pruritus of Undetermined Origin
2.2.9 Pruritus in Pregnancy and Menopause
2.2.10 Other Causes of Itch
2.2.11 Itch Beyond the Skin
2.2.12 Itch and the Brain
2.2.13 Itch from Head-to-Toe
3. Treating Your Itch
3.1 Treating Itch Without Medications
3.1.1 Moisturizers
3.1.2 Bathing
3.1.3 Clothing
3.1.4 Stress
3.1.5 Stop Scratching!
3.2 Topical Treatments for Itch
3.2.1 Cooling Agents
3.2.2 Topical Anesthetics
3.2.3 Topical Antihistamines
3.2.4 Topical Corticosteroids
3.2.5 Topical Calcineurin Inhibitors
3.2.6 Topical PDE-4 Inhibitors
3.2.7 Topical JAK-STAT Inhibitors
3.2.8 Topical Cannabinoids
3.3 Systemic Treatments for Itch
3.3.1 Antihistamines
3.3.2 Neuroactive Medications
3.3.3 Antidepressants
3.3.4 Opioid Stimulators and Blockers
3.3.5 Substance P and NK-1 Inhibitors
3.3.6 Cannabinoids
3.3.7 Drugs that Work on the Immune System
Oral Corticosteroids
Biologics
JAK/STAT Inhibitors
Immunosuppressants
Methotrexate
Thalidomide
3.3.8 Phototherapy
3.4 Complementary and Alternative treatments for Itch, by Peter Lio
3.4.1 Hydrogels and Bleach
3.4.2 Botanicals
3.4.3 Acupressure and Acupuncture
3.4.4 Nutritional Supplements
3.4.5 Conclusion
3.5 Practical Nursing Tips, by Juan Gonzalez
3.6 Psychological Management of Itch, by Christina Schut
Conclusion
Resources
Index

Author Bios
Gil Yosipovitch, MD
Featured Contributor

Gil Yosipovitch, MD

Gil Yosipovitch, MD (MIAMI, FL), is a professor, Stiefel Chair in Medical Dermatology, and the Director of the Miami Itch Center at the Dr. Phillip Frost Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surger at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. He is known as the "Godfather of Itch" and is the founder of the International Forum for the Study of Itch.
Featured Contributor

Zoe M. Lipman, M.D.

Zoe M. Lipman, MD (TAMPA, FL), is a resident physician at the University of South Florida Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery. She is a former research fellow of the Miami Itch Center under the mentorship of Dr. Yosipovitch.