MTW NHS Trust West Kent CCG

Drug Status Key

  • Preferred
  • Second Line
  • Third Line
  • Specialist Initiation
  • Hospital Only
  • Not Approved for Formulary

Pruritus

Drug Safety Update

 December 2018: Emollients: new information about risk of severe and fatal burns with paraffin-containing and paraffin-free emollients.

 April 2016: Paraffin-based skin emollients on dressings or clothing: fire risk.

 December 2014: Paraffin-based treatments: risk of fire hazard

Important safety information (for all Emollients)

The CSM has warned that these preparations make skin and surfaces slippery, therefore particular care is needed when bathing.

Pruritis may be caused by systemic disease (such as drug hypersensitivity, obstructive jaundice, endocrine disease and certain malignant diseases).

Topical antipruritic preparations are of unproven benefit. Dry skin is the commonest reason for generalised pruritis and usually responds to adequate emollients.

Topical antihistamines and local anaesthetics should not be used.

Calamine lotion is very drying and is not routinely recommended.

A short course of topical corticosteroid is appropriate for insect bites and stings and short-term treatment with a sedating antihistamine, may help in insect stings and intractable pruritus where sedation is desirable.

Pack Price
100 gram £4.35
30 gram £2.50
Pack Price
500 gram £15.30
Pack Price
100 gram £3.25
500 gram £15.30
Pack Price
500 gram £15.30