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Prevalence and characteristics of aquagenic pruritus in a young African population

TA Salami1*, SO Samuel2, KC Eze3, E Irekpita4, E Oziegbe1 and MO Momoh5

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Medicine, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria

2 Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria

3 Department of Radiology, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria

4 Department of Surgery, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria

5 Department of Obstetrics and Gyneacology, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria

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BMC Dermatology 2009, 9:4  doi:10.1186/1471-5945-9-4

Published: 17 April 2009

Abstract

Background

Aquagenic pruritus (AP) occurs during or after contact of the skin with water such as occurs in bathing.

Methods

This study aims to describe the prevalence of aquagenic pruritus in a young adult population and describe the circumstances of bathing.

A Population-based cross sectional study involving administration of Questionnaires to young adult Nigerians on the occurrence of pruritus associated with bathing.

Results

The prevalence of bathing pruritus among respondents in this study was 23.8%. The commonest type of water respondents itch to was rain water (23%) followed by cold water (19%). 8.33% of respondents feels like avoiding bathing because of these.

Conclusion

Bathing pruritus is a common finding among young adult Nigerians in the general population.