AbstractBackground and Method:
80 patients of chronic plaque Psoriasis were evaluated under the study. Relevant history, clinical examination and necessary investigations along with PASI were done for all the patients. Severity of Pruritus was measured using the 5-D Itch scale. Quality of life of all chronic plaque psoriasis patients was evaluated by using Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) structured questionnaire. It will be a prospective study in which patients will be selected randomly and the patients enrolled will be categorized under these.
Result: There is a significantly positive (P<0.05) correlation between 5-D Itch score and DLQI score, 5-D Itch score and PASI score as well as the DLQI and PASI score. The difference levels of DLQI and the 5-D Itch score was p>0.05 hence non-significant where as that of PASI with 5-D Itch score and DLQI respectively was P<0.05 hence significant. There is no significant difference in mean age of mild and severe pruritus patients. Conclusion: We concluded, warranted in this context since our findings are not in keeping with previous literature suggesting pruritus affects mental health. Further, we observed that pruritus is associated with determinants to emotional well-being as measured by the DLQI and with detriments to other realms of mental health, including social functioning. Pruritus which may be underestimated & unaddressed in clinical practice at times, is a potentially serious and debilitating symptom that warrants medical attention and treatment, and further research investment.