Neurodermatitis also called Lichen Simplex is a type of dermatitis (inflammation within the skin), is usually the result of repeated rubbing or scratching. The result is a very itchy patch of skin, often located on the nape of the neck, the scalp, the shoulder, the wrist, or the ankle. Breaking the itch-scratch cycle is fundamental to the treatment of lichen simplex chronicus.
Depending on the intensity of symptoms your doctor may prescribe:
Corticosteroids. Lichen simplex, neurodermatitis conditions seldom respond to over the counter topical steroid preparations. Prescription topical corticosteroid (steroids) are usually needed.
Antihistamines. Anti-allergy drugs help reduce itching in people with neurodermatitis.
Anti-anxiety drugs. Anxiety and stress can trigger neurodermatitis symptoms; anti-anxiety drugs may help suppress the stress triggers associated with neurodermatitis.
Antibiotics. If a bacterial infection develops due to skin damage/irritation an antibiotic lotion or oral antibiotics may be prescribed.
Lifestyle Tips . . . to lessen the itch and irritation caused by neurodermatitis
● Over-the-counter medications. A nonprescription hydrocortisone cream may may provide temporary itch relief. A nonprescription oral antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), may provide temporary relief if itching is severe.
● Cover the affected area. Bandages or dressings can help protect the skin and prevent scratching. This may be especially important if scratching occurs during sleep.
● Keep nails trimmed. Short nails may do less damage to the skin especially if scratching while asleep.
● Wear smooth-textured cotton clothing. This will help avoid irritation.
● Choose mild soaps without dyes or perfumes.
● Manage stress. Emotions, anxiety and other behaviors can trigger itching and scratching.
Topical corticosteroid medication (applied to the skin) is first line treatment for the management of neurodermatitis.
However, topical corticosteroids are not used long term because of adverse side effects such as irritation, dryness, skin atrophy (thinning), striae (stretch marks), telangiectasia, folliculitis, acne, purpura (brusing), and allergic contact dermatitis. Additionally, topical corticosteroids can inhibit the skin’s ability to fight against bacterial or fungal infections.
Yet, neurodermatitis patients often experience recurrence which contributes to dependency on steroid creams.
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