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J R Coll Gen Pract. 1979 May; 29(202): 287–288.
PMCID: PMC2159052

Prodromal itching in asthma


In a survey of 50 young asthmatic patients it was found that 35 (70 per cent) recognized a sensation of itching of the lower face, or anterior neck, in association with their asthmatic attacks. Sixteen (32 per cent) said that the itching closely preceded subjective wheezing, and 15 (30 per cent) said that it occurred at the onset of wheezing. Recognition of this early sign may be of use in the prompt treatment of an asthmatic attack.

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  • Evans PR. Referred itch (Mitempfindungen). Br Med J. 1976 Oct 9;2(6040):839–841. [PMC free article] [PubMed]

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