Living with Itch: A Patient's Guide

Living with Itch: A Patient's Guide

by Gil Yosipovitch, Shawn G. Kwatra
     
 

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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

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/16/2013
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.)
Philly.com - Marie McCullough

Yosipovitch's openness to holistic treatment comes from the recognition that in some cases, itch is truly all in the mind. Damaged nerve fibers cause the brain to misinterpret signals as itch. Then other psychological factors such as depression and anxiety intensify the problem.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421412337
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2013
Series:
A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book Series
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
940,531
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Jeffrey D. Bernhard

This book and its inventive format will make it possible for people who suffer from itch to understand it in great depth. And its practical advice will help everyone—from anyone who has ever been bitten by a mosquito to anyone who has ever experienced the unrelenting itch of the many skin diseases in which it causes so much suffering.

Kaspar Mossman

If you live with chronic itch, you might think no one understands what you’re going through. This innovative book is proof that some very smart people do.

Susan Thornton

Anyone who has suffered from itch, especially those with a condition where itch is a constant companion, will benefit by reading this groundbreaking book. As a patient myself, understanding it and learning ways to manage it can make a huge difference in living well day to day.

Eric Kageyama

My son's round-the-clock itch runs so deep, he scratches and scratches to find some relief. This book is for anyone with an allergy or eczema or other condition that causes itch, or anyone who wants to truly understand what so many endure when the itch is unrelenting.

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