A home health nurse is caring for a patient with intermittent pruritus with no underlying pathological process. To reduce the severity of this problem, the nurse should instruct the patient to:

Apply lotion after warm showers.
Avoid use of a dehumidifier.

Explanation

•Pruritus should be treated based on the pathological cause. If no cause is identified, non-pharmacological interventions are primarily used.

•The nurse should instruct the patient to avoid dehumidifiers and corticosteroids because these can dry out the skin. The patient should regularly apply lotion or moisturizers and use a humidifier or vaporizer.

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