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known as lichen simplex, is a chronic form of
Symptoms and clinical manifestations
The main complaint is chronic
itching. This is a
condition in which
itching becomes a habit that must broken. This habit is increased
dermatitis is often dry and
is characterized by thickened, scaling skin (lichenification).
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of coexistent infection, and application of topical glucocorticoids (preferrably
combined with a topical antibiotic) are usually sufficient.
The condition will not improve until the scratch-itch cycle is
broken. Wearing a bandage that is hard to remove and that is left on
for a week or more. Itching may be helped with drugs such as creams
and lotions you rub on your skin. Drugs called, Coticosteroids, may be
injected into skin.
Antihistamines, sedatives, or tranquilizers are drugs may help
reduce itching and stress. Counseling, stress management measures and
behavior modification can also be used to help people learn to stop
Avoiding things that increase symptoms. Reducing bathing and using
soap may help since dry skin can make skin problems worse. Taking a
bath two to three times a week is often enough for most people. Using
warm, not hot water when bathing and patting the skin dry with a
towel. Moistening the skin with skin cream while the skin is still
damp and many times during the day.