What is neurodermatitis?

Neurodermatitis is a non-life-threatening skin condition involving itching and scratching, usually on just one or two patches of skin. It is also called lichen simplex chronicus.

The itch can occur anywhere on the body but is most commonly found on the arms, shoulders, elbows, legs, ankles, wrists, hands, back of the neck or scalp. The anal and genital areas and the face might also itch. The itching can be intense, causing frequent scratching, or it might come and go. It is most active when the patient is relaxing or trying to sleep. In some cases, the patient wakes up scratching or rubbing the affected area.

What does neurodermatitis look like?

  • Dry.
  • Thick.
  • Scaly.
  • Leathery.

What causes neurodermatitis?

  • Nerve injuries.
  • Insect bites.
  • Dry skin.
  • Other skin diseases.
  • Wearing tight clothing.

Symptoms of Neurodermatitis:

  • Leathery on the skin.
  • Rough patches on the skin.
  • Permanent scars.
  • Scarring from scratching.
  • Skin lines in the affected skin.
  • Redness skin.
  • Itching.


According to ayurveda Neurodermatitis is known as “Vicharchika ”. It occur because of lack of proper lifestyle and dietary habits .The Pitta dosha often get aggravated .  This vitiates other Dhatus and Doshas like Mansa , Twacha and Rakta . All these lead to formation of toxins known as Ama . This goes deep inside the skin and tissues known as Dhatus.