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Pruritus, Fever, and Sweats 

Pruritus, Fever, and Sweats
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Pruritus, Fever, and Sweats
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Angel Smothers

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190862374.003.0020
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date: 24 August 2019

The key to successful symptom management with pruritus, fever, and sweats rests on identifying common underlying causes for the symptoms and using evidence-based nonpharmacological and pharmacological treatments to improve quality of life. Pruritus is explained by those who experience it as an itching sensation where the location of the itch usually cannot be identified. Pruritus can accompany different serious chronic illnesses with the underlying pathophysiology not well understood. Fever and sweats can accompany pruritus or can occur as isolated symptoms. Fever can be related to an infection but also can be related to other physiological issues including neurological ones. Sweating can occur as a physical response or an emotional one.

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