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What happens if you have neurodermatitis?

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Neurodermatitis is a type of eczema, a common skin condition. People with this type get skin irritation in spots that they frequently scratch out of habit. They may also scratch while asleep.

Usually, neurodermatitis causes a skin outbreak that doesn't get any bigger, but the irritated skin can grow thick and deeply wrinkled. Infections may also develop in the irritated areas.

SOURCES:

Habif, T. Clinical Dermatology, 5th edition, Mosby, 2009.

Hanifin, J. Dermatitis, June 2007.

National Institutes of Health: "Handout on Health -- Atopic Dermatitis."

Cleveland Clinic: Current Clinical Medicine, 2nd edition.

American Academy of Dermatology: "Nummular Dermatitis," "Dermatitis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Seborrheic Dermatitis."

American Academy of Dermatology: "What is Eczema?"

FDA: “FDA approves new eczema drug Dupixent.”

 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 3, 2019

SOURCES:

Habif, T. Clinical Dermatology, 5th edition, Mosby, 2009.

Hanifin, J. Dermatitis, June 2007.

National Institutes of Health: "Handout on Health -- Atopic Dermatitis."

Cleveland Clinic: Current Clinical Medicine, 2nd edition.

American Academy of Dermatology: "Nummular Dermatitis," "Dermatitis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Seborrheic Dermatitis."

American Academy of Dermatology: "What is Eczema?"

FDA: “FDA approves new eczema drug Dupixent.”

 

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 3, 2019

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