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Face Mask-induced Itch: A Self-questionnaire Study of 2,315 Responders During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Acta Derm Venereol. 2020 May 28; 100(10):adv00152.AD

Abstract

Little is known about itch related to the use of face masks. This internet survey study investigated the prevalence, intensity and clinical characteristics of itch related to the use of face masks by the general public during the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 2,315 replies were received, of which 2,307 were included in the final analysis. Of the respondents, 1,393 (60.4%) reported using face masks during the previous week, and, of these, 273 (19.6%) participants reported having itch. Subjects who reported sensitive skin and atopic predisposition, and those with facial dermatoses (acne, atopic dermatitis or seborrhoeic dermatitis) were at significantly higher risk of itch development. The high-est rating of itch for the whole group on the Itch Numeral Rating Scale was 4.07 ± 2.06 (itch of moderate intensity). Responders who wore masks for longer periods more frequently reported itch. Almost 30% of itchy subjects reported scratching their face without removing the mask, or after removing the mask and then scratching. Wearing face masks is linked to development of itch, and scratching can lead to incorrect use of face masks, resulting in reduced protection.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology, Wroclaw Medical University, ul. Chalubinskiego 1, PL-50-368 Wrocław, Poland. E-mail: jacek.szepietowski@umed.wroc.pl.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

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Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32449781

Citation

Szepietowski, Jacek C., et al. "Face Mask-induced Itch: a Self-questionnaire Study of 2,315 Responders During the COVID-19 Pandemic." Acta Dermato-venereologica, vol. 100, no. 10, 2020, pp. adv00152.
Szepietowski JC, Matusiak Ł, Szepietowska M, et al. Face Mask-induced Itch: A Self-questionnaire Study of 2,315 Responders During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Acta Derm Venereol. 2020;100(10):adv00152.
Szepietowski, J. C., Matusiak, Ł., Szepietowska, M., Krajewski, P. K., & Białynicki-Birula, R. (2020). Face Mask-induced Itch: A Self-questionnaire Study of 2,315 Responders During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Acta Dermato-venereologica, 100(10), adv00152. https://doi.org/10.2340/00015555-3536
Szepietowski JC, et al. Face Mask-induced Itch: a Self-questionnaire Study of 2,315 Responders During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Acta Derm Venereol. 2020 May 28;100(10):adv00152. PubMed PMID: 32449781.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Face Mask-induced Itch: A Self-questionnaire Study of 2,315 Responders During the COVID-19 Pandemic. AU - Szepietowski,Jacek C, AU - Matusiak,Łukasz, AU - Szepietowska,Marta, AU - Krajewski,Piotr K, AU - Białynicki-Birula,Rafał, Y1 - 2020/05/28/ PY - 2020/5/26/pubmed PY - 2020/6/11/medline PY - 2020/5/26/entrez KW - COVID-19 KW - face mask KW - itch SP - adv00152 EP - adv00152 JF - Acta dermato-venereologica JO - Acta Derm. Venereol. VL - 100 IS - 10 N2 - Little is known about itch related to the use of face masks. This internet survey study investigated the prevalence, intensity and clinical characteristics of itch related to the use of face masks by the general public during the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 2,315 replies were received, of which 2,307 were included in the final analysis. Of the respondents, 1,393 (60.4%) reported using face masks during the previous week, and, of these, 273 (19.6%) participants reported having itch. Subjects who reported sensitive skin and atopic predisposition, and those with facial dermatoses (acne, atopic dermatitis or seborrhoeic dermatitis) were at significantly higher risk of itch development. The high-est rating of itch for the whole group on the Itch Numeral Rating Scale was 4.07 ± 2.06 (itch of moderate intensity). Responders who wore masks for longer periods more frequently reported itch. Almost 30% of itchy subjects reported scratching their face without removing the mask, or after removing the mask and then scratching. Wearing face masks is linked to development of itch, and scratching can lead to incorrect use of face masks, resulting in reduced protection. SN - 1651-2057 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/32449781/Face_Mask_induced_Itch:_A_Self_questionnaire_Study_of_2315_Responders_During_the_COVID_19_Pandemic_ L2 - https://www.medicaljournals.se/acta/content/abstract/10.2340/00015555-3536 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -