Itching (pruritus)

Pruritus is intense itching that usually starts with the feet, hands and ankles but can spread all over the body including the eyes. It is a common and often debilitating symptom of PSC. It is sometimes the very thing that initially takes you to the doctor in the first place.

Top Tips to Reduce Itching

  • Mix menthol crystals with aqueous cream and apply to skin
  • Take a cool shower or bath
  • Wear cotton clothing or none at all if possible!
  • Keep skin moisturised
  • Standing in a cold bath with a cold shower on.
  • Phototherapy
  • Bicarbonate of soda in a bath
  • Sleeping in wet socks

Medications that PSCers have been prescribed include:

  • Colestyramine (Questran)
  • Rifampicin
  • Naltrexone

Find out what PSCers say about itching

Reviewed 10/05/12

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