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Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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Content updated on Jan 4, 2023

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

  • Urticaria

    An itchy, allergic rash with red bumps, also known as "hives". The causes are broad, ranging from foods and medications to viral infections and bee stings. In most cases, the rash disappears within 24 hours, however medical attention is needed if there is facial swelling or breathlessness.

  • Warts

    Small skin growths caused by viral infections.

  • Atopic dermatitis

    Allergic rashes. Risk factors include genetics, other allergic diseases, new skin products, and allergic foods. Childhood eczema cases can resolve by adulthood, but it can also occur in adults.

  • Rosacea-like dermatitis
  • Psoriasis (except for pustular psoriasis)
  • lichen nitidus . lichen striatus
  • Lichen nitidus
  • Asteatotic eczema
  • Acromegaly

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • 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 a fever?

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References

  • Aboobacker S, Harris BW, Limaiem F. Lichenification. 2022 May 8. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2022 Jan–. PMID: 30726017.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK537332/

  • Weber FP, Jupe F. Lichenification. Proc R Soc Med. 1935 Mar;28(5):510-1. PMID: 19990191; PMCID: PMC2205855.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2205855/

  • Díaz JM, Bruñén JMG, Cameo RB, González AM. Erythroderma and Chronic Lichenification. Eur J Case Rep Intern Med. 2019 May 29;6(6):001119. doi: 10.12890/2019_001119. PMID: 31293993; PMCID: PMC6601693.

    https://www.ejcrim.com/index.php/EJCRIM/article/view/1119

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

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2005842/

  • Sbrana F, Loggini B, Galimberti S, Coceani M, Latorre M, Seccia V, L'Abbate S, Mosca M, Pasanisi EM, Baldini C. Chronic skin lichenification as unusual presentation of eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangitis: case report and literature review. Acta Reumatol Port. 2016 Apr-Jun;41(2):158-61. English. PMID: 27606476.

    http://www.arprheumatology.com/article_download.php?id=1183

Reviewed By:

Yukiko Ueda

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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