Nonneoplastic disorders

Author: Monika Roychowdhury, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 3 October 2017, last major update March 2013

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PubMed Search: Vulvar lichenification

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Cite this page: Roychowdhury, M. Lichenification. website. Accessed January 19th, 2019.
Definition / general
  • Changes due to scratching, including accentuation of normal lines of skin
  • Associated with squamous cell hyperplasia
  • Final common pathway of many itchy / scratchy diseases
  • Usually becomes part of "itch scratch cycle" - patient's skin is irritated, patient scratches or picks at it, skin thickens defensively, leads to more itching / scratching; breaking this cycle is often key to resolving problem (wiseGEEK: What Is Lichenification? [Accessed 3 October 2017])
  • Medications to relieve itching sensation and sedatives can help patient scratch less
Clinical images

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Spaces between fingers