Lichen simplex chronicus

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Lichen simplex chronicus
Classification and external resources
Lichen simplex chronicus - very low mag.jpg
Micrograph of lichen simplex chronicus. H&E stain.
ICD-10L28.0
ICD-9698.3
DiseasesDB31441
MedlinePlus000872
eMedicinederm/236
MeSHD009450
 
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Lichen simplex chronicus
Classification and external resources
Lichen simplex chronicus - very low mag.jpg
Micrograph of lichen simplex chronicus. H&E stain.
ICD-10L28.0
ICD-9698.3
DiseasesDB31441
MedlinePlus000872
eMedicinederm/236
MeSHD009450

Lichen simplex chronicus (also known as "Neurodermatitis"[1]) is a skin disorder characterized by chronic itching and scratching.[2]:58 The constant scratching causes thick, leathery, brownish skin.

Causes[edit]

This is a skin disorder characterized by a self-perpetuating scratch-itch cycle:

The skin may become leathery and brownish in the affected area. This disorder may be associated with atopic dermatitis (eczema) or psoriasis. It may also be associated with nervousness, anxiety, depression, and other psychological disorders.[citation needed]

It is common in children, who chronically scratch insect bites and other areas.[citation needed]

Treatment[edit]

Treatment is aimed at reducing itching and minimizing existing lesions because rubbing and scratching cause lichen simplex chronicus. The itching and inflammation may be treated with a lotion or steroid cream (such as Betamethasone) applied to the affected area of the skin.[citation needed]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Rapini, Ronald P.; Bolognia, Jean L.; Jorizzo, Joseph L. (2007). Dermatology: 2-Volume Set. St. Louis: Mosby. ISBN 1-4160-2999-0. 
  2. ^ James, William; Berger, Timothy; Elston, Dirk (2005). Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology. (10th ed.). Saunders. ISBN 0-7216-2921-0.