What is the goal of lichen simplex chronicus treatment?

Updated: Feb 15, 2019
  • Author: Jason Schoenfeld, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Treatment is aimed at reducing pruritus and minimizing existing lesions because rubbing and scratching cause lichen simplex chronicus. Location, lesion morphology, and extent of the lesions influence treatment. For example, a thick psoriasiform plaque of lichen simplex chronicus on a limb is commonly treated with a highly potent topical corticosteroid or intralesional corticosteroids, whereas vulvar lesions are more commonly treated with a mild topical corticosteroid or a topical calcineurin inhibitor. Widespread lesions are more likely to require systemic treatment or total body phototherapy.


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