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The underlying cause of aquagenic pruritus is not well understood which complicates the decision about what therapy might be best for treatment. Various options have been tried with varying success. Antihistamines are the mainstay of treatment. Other therapies that have been tried include adding adding sodium bicarbonate to bath water, topical capsaicin, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, UVB phototherapy, PUVA therapy, naltrexone, propranolol, and atenolol.
Last updated: 6/21/2016
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- ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Aquagenic pruritus. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.