Neurodermatitis is a skin condition characterized by constant scratching of itchy skin. Though the cause of neurodermatitis is unknown, the development and recurrence can often be attributed to a particular trigger, such as bug bites, dry skin, uncomfortable garments, or anxiety. Prescription medication and ointments and at-home remedies can treat the condition.


1. What is Neurodermatitis?

Neurodermatitis or lichen simplex chronicus is a neurological skin condition, though it manifests in physical discomfort and pain. The psychological aspect lies in an individual's continuing urge to scratch and his or her inability to abstain from this action. Neurodermatitis is neither life-threatening nor contagious, but it does give rise to a variety of unwelcome symptoms and potentially harmful complications. People with neurodermatitis experience a relentless need to scratch itchy areas of skin. This reaction, however, doesn't help, and the itching gets worse. The Mayo Clinic refers to this as the itch-scratch cycle, which can damage the skin and cause issues in many other areas of a person's life.

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