Lichen Simplex Chronicus

A skin condition where the skin becomes thickened (lichenification) due to repeated friction, itching, or scratching is called lichen simplex chronicus. The skin becomes dry, scaly, and hyperpigmented. It is commonly seen in people suffering from seborrheic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, and psoriasis.

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How to treat the chronic skin condition right above my left ankle?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32 year old male. I have this skin condition right above my left ankle and its been there for almost 15 years. I have tried to get it treated a few times but, it just did not go away. Sometimes, it is itchy but at others it is fine. The last time I saw a dermatologist, she p...  Read Full »


Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and viewed the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I can see dry, raised, hyperpigmented, scaly lesions. This is lichen simplex chronicus (LSC) and is usually itchy. The ointment with Betamethasone and Salicylic acid ...  Read Full »

How to cure the raised, itchy, dark lesion present on my leg for the past three months?

Query: Hi doctor, I have raised, itchy, dark lesion on my leg that I noticed about three months ago, and I do not know what it is. Sometimes it swells and hurts. The skin does not break but becomes very irritated. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. I have two differential diagnoses for this. The first condition is known as lichen simplex chronicus, which is characterized by severe itching and skin thickening along with pigmentation. Common sites are legs, nape, and genitals. T...  Read Full »

Is itchy scrotum a sign of STD?

Query: Hi doctor, I have scrotum itch, which has been persistent over the years (>5 years) with no other symptoms. There are no visible blisters or warts. It itches throughout the day. I see a slight difference in skin appearance, i.e., whitish patch when I use apple cider vinegar to clean the area as ...  Read Full »


Dr. Abdel Hakam Soliman

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This is probably lichen simplex chronicus, i.e., skin thickening, due to the habit of frequent rubbing. But please add a photo of the affected area to make sure of the diagnosis.  Read Full »

What could be the itchy pink spots on testicles?

Query: Hello doctor, I am not sure how long this has been going on, but I have these pink itch spots on my testicles. They dry up and peel some days. Sometimes it is bright pink. Other times it is just a grey spot. Usually, at night, they are extremely itch, and I cannot sleep.  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Exactly how long it has been there? If not sure, then when you had noticed it? Any history of hypertension or diabetes mellitus? Any family history of psoriasis?   Read Full »

What causes dark spots on fingers?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 44 years old. For the past one year, I have noticed dark spots on the fingers and near knuckles on the left hand. They do not hurt, but look like a burn. I also noticed numbness in the tip of my left middle finger. I have allergies, asthma and sleep apnea. I am also suffering from h...  Read Full »


Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query in detail and viewed the attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and do understand your concern.  Read Full »

How to treat body itching, crust formation, and toenail fungus in a 93-year-old patient?

Query: Hello doctor, This question is on behalf of my uncle. He is 93 years old. He is complaining of severe itching all over his body. He was previously treated for this condition but it has appeared again. He was prescribed Allegra M, Clindamycin cream for local application thrice daily, Momate cream...  Read Full »


Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Take tablet Atarax 10 mg thrice daily for seven days (for itching) or Levocetirizine 5 mg twice daily for 15 days. Use Skin first moisturizing lotion after bath for 15 days, Tenovate cream at night for 15 days. Use Emoderm cream at daytime for 15 days, and Liquid ...  Read Full »

Why do I have dark lesions on my thigh?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had first larger and dark lesion that is bump behind my left knee, since I do not know when, but it certainly not since birth. I noticed it before two to three year and from that time the lesion is the same and has no pain. Now, there is this another small lesion have appeared on t...  Read Full »


Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The darker one is the lesion of lichen sclerosus chronicus. For this, you may apply Tenovate GN cream (combination of Clobetasol Propionate and Neomycin sulfate) over it twice daily for two weeks. The skin colored lesion may be an acquired nevus. A skin biopsy is require...  Read Full »

Please suggest treatment for skin damaged due to poor circulation.

Query: Hi doctor, I have dealt with leg swelling fairly constant for the last 10 years. The bottom of my legs including my ankles and feet are swollen every day. They have turned very dark. The discoloration was happening for about the last five years and has gotten worse over time. Basically, it will not ...  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your concern. It seems that you are having stasis dermatitis. It is a common inflammatory skin disease in middle-aged and elderly patient. Stasis dermatitis occurs more commonly on the lower extremities. It is usually the earliest cutaneous manifestation of c...  Read Full »

My burn-like mark keeps increasing in size. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a small formation in my leg which developed approximately before three years. I have attached the images for your reference. It is brown in color, somewhat similar to a burn. It itches sometimes and it is very dry in nature. This formation was initially around 2 cm, but now has inc...  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and well understand your concern. You are having lichen simplex chronicus (LSC). It arises because of repetitive scratching or rubbing. I could see thickening of the skin with variable flakes...  Read Full »

Why do I have spots on my penis?

Query: Hi doctor, I have got some spots on my penis. Can you please identify what is it? Also please let me know the reason for development. It is a recurring episode. Can you also suggest a remedy? Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. How long it has been there? What is the complaint in it? Have you tried any self-medication? Revert back with the answers to a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist  Read Full »

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