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Neurodermatitis is a non-life-threatening skin condition involving itching and scratching, usually on just one or two patches of skin.  It is also called lichen simplex chronicus.  The itching can be so intense it disrupts your quality of life.  Neurodermatitis is a skin condition that starts with an itchy patch of skin.  Scratching makes it itch more.

The itch can occur anywhere on the body but is most commonly found on the arms, shoulders, elbows, legs, ankles, wrists, hands, back of the neck or scalp.


Symptoms of neurodermatitis include:

  • An itchy, scaly skin patch or patches
  • Open sores that bleed
  • Thick, leathery skin
  • Discolored, wrinkled genital skin
  • Raised, rough patches that are inflamed or darker than the rest of the skin

With more scratching, the skin becomes thick and leathery.  The itchiness, which can be intense, may come and go or be nonstop.

Risk factors

Factors that can increase the risk of neurodermatitis include:

  • Age. The condition is most common among people between 30 and 50 years of age.
  • Other skin conditions. People who have or had other skin conditions, such as atopic dermatitis or psoriasis, are more likely to develop neurodermatitis.
  • Family history. People whose blood relatives have or had hay fever, childhood eczema or asthma may be more likely to develop neurodermatitis.
  • Anxiety disorders. Anxiety and emotional stress can trigger neurodermatitis.

Are you suffering from any nail condition?  At The Chelsea Clinic, we can help.  One of our podiatrist can assist and then recommend what treatments are best to get you back on track. Podiatrist South Kensington

Schedule an appointment here or you may call us at +44 (0) 207 101 4000


We hope you have a feetastic day!

-The Chelsea Clinic and Team



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