Lichen Simplex Chronicus Pictures, Treatment, Causes

Lichen Simplex Chronicus pictures show that it is a skin problem that is characterized by continuous scratching and itching.

Lichen Simplex Chronicus Pictures

How does Lichen Simplex Chronicus look?

Also called Neurodermatitis or Lichenoid Eczema, this skin problem is characterized by thickened lichenified skin, which looks leathery and brownish. There is a continual scratch-itch cycle. When the person feels stressed or if his skin is rubbed against an irritant like say a cloth, he starts to rub or scatch the area that causes the skin in the part to thicken. Once the skin becomes thick, it causes more itching and the person scratches more, causing Lichen Simplex Chronicus

Lichen Simplex Chronicus Causes

1. Atopic Dermatitis
2. Psoriasis
3. Anxiety, stress, nervousness, depression
4. Allergens or irritants like a rusty blade or even an insect bite which is continuously scratched and not treated

Symptoms of Lichen Simplex Chronicus

1. Long-term itching that may continue for even 2 years or more
2. Whenever the person feels stress, he or she starts to scratch more
3. The skin becomes thick due to itching, the areas affected can be face, neck, forearms, thighs, elbow, leg etc.
4. The skin lesion bears distinct borders
5. The skin becomes brownish and leathery

Lichen Simplex Chronicus Tests

A skin lesion biopsy can be enough to tell the doctor about Lichen Simplex Chronicus. A blood test may also be done to find out if the eosinophils in the blood is high, which is a cause of allergens to cause more problems to your skin.

What if Lichen Simplex Chronicus is not treated

If not diagnosed properly or treated in time, there can be a permanent or strong scar that may be difficult to go. Also, there is chance of bacterial skin infection.

Lichen Simplex Chronicus Treatment

1. There is no cure, but Lichen Simplex Chronicus can be treated. The most important thing is not to scratch the area because that can only deteriorate problem
2. Depending on the condition, the skin doctor may apply topical steroid creams like Desonide, Fucibet(topical antibiotic) or Halobetasol to stop the itching. Peeling agents that contain salicylic acid like Propysalic (which contains Clobetasol Propionate and Salicylic Acid) may be given to reduce the thickness in the lesions. You may be asked to take bath with medicated soap like Aquasoft
3. Antiistamines and tranquilizers may be given to reduce stress and itching
4. Pixel laser treatment may be given after the itching is brought into control to treat scars


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