Alternative Treatment for Itching from Notalgia Paresthetica

By Amy Slear, MD

Hicksville, New York 11801

Physician (MD, DO), Dermatology


Notalgia Paresthetica is a common, but often unrecognized condition that leads to a sense of severe itching.

The itching usually afflicts one side of the mid back and may be associated with pain and an altered sensation to touch.

There is no definitive treatment for this condition and options vary, including topical corticosteroids, topical anesthetics, antihistamines, and acupuncture.

Some doctors do not treat the condition as it may be considered “harmless”, but that leaves many patients without relief from the itching that they find uncomfortable and disruptive to their lives.

Belaray Dermatology has piloted a new  treatment option using Massage Track  that allows patients to easily apply pressure to the affected area body.  This appears to relieve the intense itching, while avoiding the trauma of scratching and rubbing skin.  By manipulating the firmness of the  Massage ball and the location of the pressure, while applying moisturizers to the skin. patients can relieve themselves of the “scratching cycle”.

Using this tool has resulted in dramatic relief of the itch, and contributes to healing of the otherwise thickened and darkened skin.