Prurigo diseases describe a group of skin diseases that have various causes and are marked by the eruption of pale, dome-shaped papules as a common feature. It can cause a severe itch as the main symptom. One should mention that the term “pruritus” is also used to simply describe the symptom of itching as it occurs in many other skin diseases. One should consult a dermatologist for a further investigation.
Prurigo is a general term used to describe very itchy skin nodules. There is a group of specific diseases called prurigo diseases that are marked by two types of skin lesions: a primary and a secondary one. Primary prurigo lesions are dome-shaped papules. Secondary prurigo lesions are scaly lesions, scratched papules or thickened, darkly pigmented areas. Both lead to severe itching.
There are various types of prurigo diseases, such as 1) prurigo simplex (subacuta): it presents itself as symmetrically distributed, intensely itchy, small, dome-shaped bumps. It occurs often in middle aged women on the stretch side of arms and legs and on the shoulders and the bottom. 2) nodular prurigo: it presents itself with warty nodules that are hard. It is often accompanied by increased pigmentation. This form occurs after months or years of scratching. 3) prurigo pigmentosa: it is characterized by an itchy rash that has a net-like pigmentation. Prurigo is associated with another skin condition or health problem such as atopic eczema, popular urticaria, iron deficiency, thyroid disease, HIV, chronic renal failure, Hodgkin disease or Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, drug abuse or spinal nerve damage.
Treatment of prurigo includes usually the following agents: 1) topical corticosteroid, 2) antihistamines, 3) intralesional corticosteroids, 4) systemic corticosteroids, 5) dapsone, and 6) phototherapy. Some severe cases may need to use immune suppressive agents like methotrexate, azathioprine and cyclosporine. The medication will depend on the specific condition und the underlying disease. One needs to make sure to discuss it carefully with a dermatologist to get the best treatment.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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