Neuro Eczema: The Vicious Cycle

What is Neuro Eczema?

Neuro eczema has many possible causes and many solutions.

 

Neuro Eczema, also known as neuro dermatitis or lichen simplex chronicus, is a skin conditions that can start with a small, itchy patch of skin. Scratching this patch only makes the itch worse, and so begins a cycle of itch-scratch that makes the patch of skin leathery and thick. Successful treatment depends largely on identifying and eliminating the factors that cause the aggravation.

The exact cause of neuro eczema is unknown. It can sometimes begin when the area is simply irritated by tight clothing or a bug bite. The more you rub or scratch the area, the more it itches. It can also be associated with other skin conditions such as dry skin, eczema or psoriasis.

Symptoms of Neuro Eczema include:

  • itchy skin in a limited area
  • leathery or scaly texture to a patch of skin
  • a raised, rough patch that is red or darker than the rest of the skin

The primary symptom of neuro eczema is itchy skin, often in a single area. The area affected can include the neck, wrist, forearm, thigh, or ankle. It can also affect the genital area, such as the vulva or scrotum.

The itchiness tends to come and go and can be very severe. Sometimes people will begin to scratch the area out of habit, making the condition worse.

Treatments:

The best treatment for this condition is to stop scratching the itch. There are also several medications, both over the counter and doctor prescribed as well as several home remedy options.

Medications:

  • corticosteroids – these are prescribed by your doctor when over the counter steroid creams are not effective
  • antihistamines – these can help relieve the itching that is associated with neuro eczema
  • anti-anxiety drugs – these can be prescribed when neuro eczema is associated with anxiety or stress disorder
  • antibiotics – these are prescribed when the scratching causes a bacterial infection of the area
  • therapy – this is helpful when neuro eczema is brought on by a stress or anxiety disorder

Home Remedies for Neuro Eczema:

There are also some home remedies you can use to relieve the itchiness caused by neuro eczema. Over the counter medications such as non-prescription hydrocortisone cream can temporarily relieve the itch, while non-prescription anti-histamines can help relieve more sever itching.

If you scratch at night in your sleep, you may find relief in covering the area with bandages or dressing so you cannot scratch the area. Cool baths can help relieve the itch as well. Putting a few sprinkles of uncooked oatmeal, baking soda, or colloidal oatmeal (such as Aveeno or other products) can relieve itching.

Keeping your nails trimmed and short can help minimize damage to your skin. This is especially helpful if you scratch at night in your sleep. You can also wear smooth textured clothing to minimize irritation and use mild soap free of dyes and perfumes to keep itchiness at bay.

The long and short of it is there are a number of things you can do to alleviate the suffering of neuro eczema. You can learn more about how to treat eczema and ultimately be free from the suffering by clicking here.

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