It’s “pruritus”, not “
Our amazing dermatology professor emphasized this point repeatedly to nail home the point that one spelling is objectively correct and the other flat-out wrong. Though it can be argued that spelling matters little when it comes to actual recognition of clinical signs, formulating differential diagnoses, and ultimately treating pruritic conditions, it is highly unlikely that I will ever forget the proper spelling. And in light of a recent personal health episode, I can further relate to the concept of itchiness.
Though I have lived in Massachusetts for the past six years, I have never set aside the time to take the train up north to the great state of Maine. It was a long time coming, but over this past Thanksgiving break, I finally made the trip and stayed with my cousins in Brunswick. It was so lovely to hang out with all of them, go on hikes with my cousin Molly and her dog Maddie, delight in seeing the Atlantic Ocean and a beautiful botanical garden lit up for the holiday season, and eat my way through the weekend.
In all of the adventure, I somehow managed expose myself to something in the environment that did not see eye to eye with my body, so to speak. Within a few days, I developed a progressively worsening contact dermatitis that spread from my forehead to my temples to my neck and arms. Though obviously not an ideal time to have my first reaction of that kind, it was not the worst thing that could have happened, and I ended up seeking medical attention. I feel blessed that it was not until age 24 that I first experienced such a problem, but I suppose it goes to show that no one is immune. PruritUS can affect you, me, our patients, any of US. Speaking from personal experience, I would recommend bringing your pet or yourself to the clinic when you detect something wrong!