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Prurigo Nodularis (Hyde’s Prurigo)

Hyde's Prurigo. Courtesy quizlet.com

Hyde’s Prurigo. Courtesy quizlet.com

What Is Prurigo Nodularis (Hyde’s Prurigo)?

Prurigo nodularis is a chronic dermatitis characterized by hard, dry, deep seated, intensely itchy papules (small bumps like pimples) and/or nodules (large bumps) that erupt most commonly on the arms, legs, and back.

Papules and nodules vary in number and may become infected after picking or scratching.

Q: Does the itching go away?

A: New nodules develop from time to time, and existing nodules may remain itchy indefinitely, although some may regress spontaneously and leave scars. In most cases, the disease runs a very protracted course with exacerbations and remissions.1

Prurigo nodularis is an unusual disorder of unknown etiology, which is notoriously resistant to therapy. A variety of systemic conditions have been reported to be associated with prurigo nodularis. However, the mechanism by which these disorders may trigger prurigo nodularis is unknown.2

It has been shown to be associated with malnutriton and infection such as tonsillitis, which resolved after removal of tonsils.3

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  1. Katotomichelakis M, Balatsouras DG, Bassioukas K, Kontogiannis N, Simopoulos K, Danielides V. Recurrent prurigo nodularis related to infected tonsils: a case report. J Med Case Rep. 2008 Jul 24;2:243. doi: 10.1186/1752-1947-2-243. 

  2. Lee MR, Shumack S. Prurigo nodularis: a review. Australas J Dermatol. 2005 Nov;46(4):211-18; quiz 219-20. 

  3. Katotomichelakis M, Balatsouras DG, Bassioukas K, Kontogiannis N, Simopoulos K, Danielides V. Recurrent prurigo nodularis related to infected tonsils: a case report. J Med Case Rep. 2008 Jul 24;2:243. doi: 10.1186/1752-1947-2-243. 

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