Lichen Simplex Chronicus

It’s not uncommon to occasionally have itchy skin. However, chronic itching could be a sign of a skin condition. Scratching and itching your skin can be a by-product of Lichen Simplex Chronicus or LSC. While more common in adults, it can happen to children as well.

Lichen Simplex Chronicus (LSC) is hyperpigmentation and lichenified plaque aggravated by frequent rubbing of the skin area. LSC is an area of thickened skin, also known as lichenification, caused by constant rubbing, scratching, and itching of the skin. Individuals who have dermatitis and psoriasis are more prone to getting LSC.

LSC is chronic dermatitis that is worsened because of the itch-scratch cycle, which can be a vicious cycle that can lead to more severe symptoms.

This skin condition is characterized by dry, scaly, and hyperpigmented plaques, oval, irregular, or angular. It can show up on the arms, legs, neck, genitals, and upper body – these areas can be easily reached.

LSC can appear in people prone to skin allergies, eczema or psoriasis, or people undergoing anxiety, depression, and nervousness. People with LSC complain of pruritus or itching, manifested by uncontrollable scratching of the same area.

Lichen Simplex Chronicus can begin with clothing that rubs and irritates the skin. Constant scratching causes the skin to thicken, and the thicker it gets, the itchier and scratchier it feels.

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