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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is lichen simplex chronicus?

A skin condition involving chronic and itchy inflammation of the skin caused by repeated scratching and rubbing.

Symptoms of lichen simplex chronicus

  • Black/blue/brown spots or moles, on the skin and lining of the mouth

  • Skin is thick and rough/scaly

  • Skin hardening

Questions your doctor may ask to check for lichen simplex chronicus

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose lichen simplex chronicus

  • Are there black, blue, or brown spots on the skin or elsewhere? (Including moles)

  • Do you have thickened and rough/scaly skin?

  • Do you have hardening of the skin?

Treatment for lichen simplex chronicus

Medication to suppress immune cells and reduce inflammation can alleviate symptoms.

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  • Prajapati V, Barankin B. Dermacase. Lichen simplex chronicus. Can Fam Physician. 2008 Oct;54(10):1391-3. PMID: 18854464; PMCID: PMC2567247.

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