Leprosy Mailing List,
June 2nd, 2009
From: Naafs B., Munnekeburen, The Netherlands
I love the answer of Dr Anthony Bryceson (LML May 12th, 2009). I too have seen leprosy patients complaining of itch. Both lepromatous patients and patients with active skin lesions. I do not recall to have seen scratch marks which I could relate to leprosy.
But also in, for instance, lichen planus and urticaria scratch marks are usually absent and these lesions surely itch. It is indeed a sign of paraesthesia.