Neurodermatitis

Lichen Simplex Chronicus

Causes (Primary)

  • Occurs in those 30 - 50 years old.
  • More likely to occur in women
  • Can appear from a range of causes: large amounts of stress, tight, or scratchy clothing.

Causes (Secondary triggers)

  • Injury to nerve patches
  • Dry skin
  • Bug bites

You are more likely to get it if...

You have eczema, psoriasis, other forms of dermatitis, and if you are prone to breaking out during times of stress, as well as if you have obsessive compulsive disorder.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Itching
  • Dry patches of skin (normally only 1-2 develop)
  • Patches that may cause pain (mainly on the scalp)
  • Red/Purple rough patches that become raised

Possible effects of the disease:

  • Leathery looking skin
  • Hair loss
  • Open sores
  • Scars

What can you do about it?

Go see your dermatologist. They can take a sample of the area by swabbing it, or removing a thin layer of the skin. If they choose an alternative test, it will be an allergy test. This will tell them if this condition is just the result of an allergic reaction.

After you see your doctor...

You will get one of the following:

An antihistamine, a coal/tar bath supplement, a corticosteroid (a cream to apply to the patch of skin,) or your doctor might tell you too apply a cold pack to the area to reduce the itch.

Other helpful information...

When sleeping you should cover the area with a gauze wrap.

If you have an open sore that becomes infected, it's possible to need physical therapy, for the pain, or even surgery depending on the infection.

Resources:

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