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Health Care Assistant (HCA) - Kelowna - 2024

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Scabrosus (Latin for Itchy)


Dermatitis is a generic terms used to describe a number of conditions that cause inflammation of the skin. 

  • Stasis dermatitis

  • Allergic contact dermatitis

  • Atopic dermatitis

  • Irritant contact dermatitis

  • Neurodermatitis

  • Perioral dermatitis

  • Seborrheic dermatitis


Eczema is a group of conditions in which the skin of a patient becomes inflamed, can form blisters, becomes crusty, thick and scaly. Eczema causes a itching or burning sensation. It can a short term situation or it can occur over a prolonged period of time,  

  • Atopic dermatitis

  • Contact dermatitis

  • Dyshidrotic eczema

  • Hand eczema

  • Neurodermatitis

  • Nummular eczema

  • Stasis dermatitis



The general term pruritus (CKD-aP) is used to describe itchy skin caused by chronic kidney disease (CKD) and End Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD). It is also known as 'uremic pruritusit is due to a build-up of toxins and wastes in damaged kidneys, known as uremia, has been associated with itching. One major contributor to the CKD-aP is the build up excessive amounts of phosphors in a patient system. The initial approach to treating excess phosphors in a patient is through their diet. If this doesn't work patients maybe prescribed phosphorus binders to manage their condition. . 

CKD-aP can cause a great deal of discomfort for CKD patients and negatively impact their quality of life. It can lead to excessive scratching to stop the itch that can result in them doing harm to there skin.  

CKD-aP is often ignored by both patients and their healthcare team. Patients may not get the relief they need.  This can lead to loss of sleep, shorter or missed dialysis sessions, fatigue, depression, and infections. the latter can result is serious complications, especially if the patient also suffers from diabetes. 



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