Lichen simplex chronicus is a name given to a stubborn itchy rash that occurs in certain people with sensitive or irritable skin; it is also known as localized eczema.
What causes localized eczema to occur?
The cause of this condition is still unknown. It is the result of a localized defect of the skin, which causes the skin to itch. This results in scratching and rubbing, which leads to the rash know as lichen simplex chronicus.
Fortunately the condition is not contagious and is not related to your general health. People with lichen simplex chronicus have skin that is dry and easily irritated by soap, detergents, and rough wool clothing. Hot and cold weather often aggravates the problem.
What are the treatment options for lichen simplex?
Since patients have a constitutional skin defect, no permanent cure is possible. However, there are effective ways of controlling it such as H-Eczema Formula and similar natural treatments.
Vaseline and cortisone compounds applied to the skin are the best medicines for controlling lichen simplex chronicus. Most cortisone ointments can be used safely for years. When large areas of the body are treated with strong cortisone preparations, periodic medical check-ups are necessary. Strong cortisones shouldn’t be applied to the face, armpits, groin, or rectal area.
When using cortisone creams or lotion always remember a little goes a long way, so don’t overdo it, and make sure you massage it into your skin thoroughly.
Keep the skin lubricated. Use a bath oil or Aveeno powder in the tub. Do not take more than one bath or shower a day. Use lukewarm water, not hot. Hot water dries out the skin. When toweling dry don’t rub. Blot the skin so there is still some water left on the skin. Then apply a moisturizer to all of the skin such as Vaseline, Lubriderm, or Moisturel.
Soap irritates and dries the skin, so keep it away from your lichen simplex chronicus. Hot weather and heavy sweating tend to worsen localized eczema as well. Wear cool, loose clothing, and try to stay in air conditioned buildings.
Avoid contact with wool or rough clothing. Cotton clothes, (100%) are best. Also avoid make-up, perfumes, etc. that may cause itching or irritation.
It is possible to find a treatment routine that lets you control your lichen simplex chronicus. Usually with cortisone creams or ointments and a lot of Vaseline.
If the condition worsens and you can’t control it, pay another visit to your dermatologist to discuss other treatment options that might work better for you.