Your QuestionI have been diagnosed with prurigo nodularis. Three years ago I was started on thalidomide for treatment. Since then I have developed many side effects, yet the prurigo nodularis has not been cured. How can this condition be treated? Is research being conducted to learn more about possible treatment options?
We have identified the following information that we hope you find helpful. If you still have questions, please contact us.
Questions on this page
- What is prurigo nodularis?
- Is there treatment for prurigo nodularis?
- How can I look for information in the medical literature regarding treatment for prurigo nodularis?
- What can you tell me about using thalidomide to treat prurigo nodularis?
- Is there research being conducted to learn more about treatment for prurigo nodularis?
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Web site has a page for locating libraries in your area that can provide direct access to these journals (print or online). The Web page also describes how you can get these articles through interlibrary loan and Loansome Doc (an NLM document-ordering service). You can access this page at the following link http://nnlm.gov/members/. You can also contact the NLM toll-free at 888-346-3656 to locate libraries in your area.
For specific questions regarding your treatment options, we would recommend you consult with your medical team.
More articles on this topic can be located through PubMed, a database of medical literature available through the National Library of Medicine at the National Institute of Health. For a sample search, click here
You can also contact the Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison (PRPL) Office at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). We recommend calling the toll-free number listed below to speak with a specialist, who can help you determine if there are any trials for which an individual with prurigo nodularis might be eligible. If you are located outside the United States, and would like to be contacted via telephone, you will need to provide your telephone number in full, including area code and international dialing prefix.
Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office
NIH Clinical Center
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-2655
Web site: http://clinicalcenter.nih.gov/
If you are interested in enrolling in a clinical trial, you can find helpful general information on clinical trials at the following ClinicalTrials.gov Web page.
Resources on many charitable or special-fare flights to research and treatment sites and low-cost hospitality accommodations for outpatients and family members, as well as ambulance services, are listed on the Web site of the Office of Rare Diseases Research (ORDR), part of the National Institutes of Health.
- Prurigo Nodularis. American Osteopathic College of Dermatology. http://www.aocd.org/?page=PrurigoNodularis. Accessed 12/30/2015.
- Oakley A. Nodular prurigo. DermNet NZ. September 2014; http://dermnetnz.org/dermatitis/prurigo-nodularis.html. Accessed 12/30/2015.
- Paghdal KY, Schwartz R. Acta Dermatovenerol Croat. 2007; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17433179.
- Doherty SD, Hsu S. J Drugs Dermatol. 2008; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18720694.
- Kalman Watsky, MD. Prurigo nodularis. UpToDate. July 17, 2014;