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Research Article

Effect of aspirin on pruritus.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986; 293 doi: (Published 11 October 1986) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986;293:907
  1. B M Daly,
  2. S Shuster


    The effect of 900 mg aspirin on persistent itch from chronic dermatoses other than urticaria (eight patients) and other causes (five patients) was measured subjectively using a 10 cm line and objectively as nocturnal scratch using limb meters. There was no change in itch or scratch and it is concluded that aspirin neither affects itch centrally by a pain related mechanism nor affects itch physiologically by cyclo-oxygenase inhibition in the skin.