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Is lichen simplex chronicus a disease or an abnormal response to itching?

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
Neurology 33 years experience
It's a condition: The skin condition (not disease) is caused simply enough by chronic scratching which comes about usually by chronic itching and it's a vicious cycle. The itching can be caused by things such as insect bites, psoriasis, or anything else that leads to a dermatitis. Treatment is stop scratching. Easier said than done in most cases. Here's a good link to help you: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/imagepages/1562.Htm.

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