SymptomsBy Mayo Clinic staff
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Signs and symptoms of neurodermatitis include:
- Itchy skin in a single limited area
- Leathery or scaly texture to the skin
- Raised, rough patch that is red or darker than the rest of your skin
The primary symptom of neurodermatitis is itchy skin — often a single patch on the neck, wrist, forearm, thigh or ankle. Sometimes neurodermatitis affects genital areas, such as the vulva or scrotum.
The itchiness, which can be very intense, tends to come and go. Eventually you may scratch simply out of habit.
When to see a doctor
See your doctor if:
- You catch yourself repeatedly scratching the same patch of skin.
- The itch prevents you from sleeping or focusing on your daily routines.
- Your skin becomes painful or looks infected.
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