Leathery Neck

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  • My skin got thicker

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About the symptom

Lichenification is when the skin becomes thick and leathery. It may have a bumpy texture and be darker than surrounding skin.

Possible causes

Related serious diseases

  • Osteomyelitis

    Infection of the bone usually caused by bacteria, or less commonly fungi. In some cases, osteomyelitis is caused by germs invading from wounds in the surrounding area. In other cases, bacteria or fungi multiply in distant areas, enter the bloodstream, and spread to invade distant bone sites.

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  • Do you have any areas of thick or rough skin?

  • Do you have itchy skin?

  • Do you have any pain or tingling in the affected areas of the skin?

  • Do you have skin redness?

  • Do you have a fever?

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  • Dore SE. Circumscribed Lichenification (Névrodermite). Proc R Soc Med. 1912;5(Dermatol Sect):147. PMID: 19975743; PMCID: PMC2005842.


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