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Prurigo nodularis

Prurigo nodularis back skin disease

Prurigo nodularis – a chronic inflammatory skin disease characterized by skin nodules and severe itching that can interfere with sleep and worsen general well-being. 

  • The disease usually occurs at the age of 40-69 years
  • Both women and men are almost equally common
  • A more severe form of the disease occurs more often in women
  • A large proportion of patients have family members with atopic dermatitis, asthma and other similar diseases
  • Nodular pruritus is often associated with other systemic diseases: iron deficiency anemia, cancer, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, HIV infection, or even mental illness.
  • The exact causes of the disease are unknown
Prurigo nodularis legs
Prurigo nodularis legs
Prurigo nodularis back skin disease
Prurigo nodularis breast
Clinical Signs

  • It is characterized by severe itching (prevents sleep, impairs quality of life). Itching can be aggravated by sweat, tight, irritating clothing, heat and stress.
  • Rashes:
      • characterized by various, several millimeters to several centimeters in size, hard nodules with a raised surface, arranged in groups
      • the number of rashes can vary from just a few all over the skin of the body to as many as several hundred
      • the color of the rash depends on the patient’s body color
      • reddened and smaller nodules may be visible at the beginning of the disease
      • scaling and scabbing are characteristic of recently scraped nodules
      • the skin between the nodules is dry
      • severe scratching can lead to secondary skin infection
      • localization: more often in the extensor surfaces of the legs, arms, upper back, abdomen

Most of the time, data from the anamnesis and the clinic are sufficient to establish the diagnosis.

In rare cases, when it is difficult to distinguish from other diseases with similar manifestations, a skin biopsy may be necessary.

After confirming the diagnosis of Prurigo nodularis, it is useful to examine for systemic diseases (anemia, liver, kidney, oncological diseases, HIV infection) that may have contributed to the onset of the disease.


During the consultation, the best suitable treatment is selected for each patient individually. Nodules do not tend to go away on their own and do not respond easily to treatment, so it is very important to follow the treatment plan prescribed by your doctor.

Treatment in milder forms of the disease can be local (emollients, various ointments, cryotherapy, laser procedures), in other cases – systemic (phototherapy, oral antidepressants, anticonvulsants, retinoids and others) or mixed.

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