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A chronic skin disease having various causes, marked by the eruption of pale, dome-shaped papules that itch severely.

[Latin prūrīgō, an itching, from prūrīre, to itch; see preus- in Indo-European roots.]

pru·rig′i·nous (-rĭj′ə-nəs) adj.


a. pruriginoso-a, rel. a prurigo.
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A 13-year-old girl came to our emergency department with a pruriginous rash on her right leg and abdomen that she'd had for 4 days (FIGURE 2).
A 19-year-old male patient was observed in our department due to a 2-week, mildly pruriginous eruption affecting his elbows, knees, and palmoplantar regions.
The pruriginous character of the lesions can be explained by the bite of the mites (mechanical action) and their type of feeding (the saliva is rich in proteolytic enzymes - irritative action).