What is the prognosis of lichen simplex chronicus (LCS)?

Updated: Feb 15, 2019
  • Author: Jason Schoenfeld, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Lesions may clear completely. Pruritus may resolve, but some mild scarring and pigmentary changes remain after successful treatment. Relapse is more likely in periods of psychic stress or if previously affected skin is stressed by extremes of heat or humidity or by skin irritants or allergens. In patients who do not comply with the treatment regimen and scratching cessation, lesions will not improve.


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