You probably just know it simply as “itch”, but the medical term is actually “pruritus.” Pruritus is one of the most common symptoms associated with eczema, and—as you likely already know—it can be intense, unpleasant, and it can keep returning.
Scratching can worsen a continuous itch-scratch cycle of skin damage, inflammation, and worsening itch. This intense itch is experienced by many patients with eczema, and it’s associated with sleep disturbances as well as decreased quality of life.
Clearly there’s much more to the eczema itch story. So if you’re experiencing symptoms such as worsening itch or skin damage, it may be time to talk to your doctor.