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Sobrang Nangangati ba ang Inyong mga Paa? Maaaring Mayroon kayong Neurodermatitis.

Skin disease can be as simple as they are complicated; take for example, Neurodermatitis. Also known as Lichen simplex chronicus (LSC), it is a skin condition that starts with a patch of itchy skin.

Scratching makes it even itchier. It’s also known as Neurodermatitis because it’s considered a neurological skin disorder fuelled by the itch-scratch cycle. This progression causes the affected skin to become thick and leathery. You may develop several itchy spots, typically on the neck, wrist, forearm, thigh or ankle. 

LCS has great similarities to Atopic Dermatitis because the itchy areas can become thick, discolored and marked. However, the specific patches tend to always be present while the rest of the skin remains healthy in the case of Neurodermatitis.

As this skin disease does not have a specific vulnerable population, it is a good takeaway to know what causes it and how to prevent it. Now if you are wondering, here’s what causes Neurodermatitis…it is still unknown. Sometimes it begins with something that simply rubs or irritates the skin, such as tight clothing or a bug bite. As you rub or scratch the area, it gets itchier. 

It may be triggered by stress, allergen or even insect bites which plays an important role. This actually may occur with a skin allergy. Patients who are diagnosed with LSC gets the nerves in their skin to appear as if they are overly ready to advise the brain that there is an itch. Signs and symptoms of LSC include leathery thickened skin, dark patches on the skin and pronounce skin lines on the patches.

The treatment is aimed at reducing itching and minimizing existing lesions because rubbing and scratching exacerbate LSC. Itching and inflammation may actually be treated with a lotions or steroid cream such as Triamcinolone or Betamethasone being applied to the affected area of the skin. 

In addition, night time scratching can be of a challenge as well, for when you are asleep you may unconsciously scratch the affected area; this may be reduced with the aid of sedatives and antihistamines like Loratadine, Cetirizine, Brompheniramine, etc. Steroids may be injected into the lesions to allow them to penetrate the thickened skin in severe cases. 

Summing it all up, not scratching and rubbing the affected parts is the key to healing the skin. Keeping your fingernails very short and applying ice or an anti-itch preparation can be helpful in stopping scratching.

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