–This is generally a symptom of some other disease, but it may constitute a disease in itself, when it is called prurigo.
General Treatment.–Wash frequently in warm water, with soap. If particular parts are affected, rub them with olive oil; if the itching is more troublesome at night, wash the parts with brandy; if the whole body is affected, wash in water in which spirit of camphor has been mixed (an ounce to a pint). Elder-flower water is also a useful application. It may be dabbed on the parts affected.
Medicines.–(Every night, if it comes on at night; morning and night, if at other times.)
Sulph. 6.–The remedy most generally useful.
Nux. v. 6.–Itching commences on undressing.
Arsen. 3.–After Nux vomica, if not sufficient.
Ignat. 3.–After getting into bed, as if caused by insects.
When scratched, the itching moves from place to place.
Pulsatilla 3.–Coming on when warm in bed.
Mercurius 6.–When warm in bed and continuing all night, scratching causes bleeding.
Rhus. 3.–Intense burning with the itching.