Causes and treatment of psoriasis neurodermatitis
Potential causes and types of dermatitis
Dermatitis can involve different skin irritations. These irritations could be: rashes, red, dry, flaky and itchy areas. Sometimes they are caused by genetics, immune system issues, infections, and allergies are quite common.
There are several kinds of dermatitis and they are: atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, diaper rash or diaper dermatitis, dyshidrotic dermatitis, nummular dermatitis, perioral dermatitis, dandruff or seborrheic germatyitis, stasis dermatitis and neurodermatitis. Neurodermatitis can also be called psoriasis or psoriatic neurodermatitis and has been studied along with lichen simplex chronicus. Anxiety and depression or taking narcotics can also be causes of one of the types: neurodermatitis.
What is psoriasis neurodermatitis?
While the condition isn’t completely clear because it has components to it due to nerves, few studies have been done. It is a psoriasis patch-like area caused by severe itching because of the nerves. A trigger can make the areas itchier and cause the problem to become even worse. The areas get thickened, can bleed, can become painful and are usually discolored areas of skin.
Anything can trigger it from anxiety to a bug bite area on your skin. Over active nerves make the condition its name. The condition is usually lifelong because there is no cure. It can be challenging because mental health is a component other than the skin that is affected. This has to be tackled in two areas of concern—a skin doctor and mental health coach. Addressing a healthier lifestyle such as exercise and consuming foods that are healthier can also help skin health and mental state.
You’ll most likely need to use mental health supplements or prescriptions, over the counter topical and sometimes oral medications.
Study done on psoriatic neurodermatitis
The study looked at patients with lichen plaques. They were most on elbow and knee areas on the patients in the study. The psoriatic neurodermatitis patients were studied trying to compare people who had patches that were considered to be lichen simplex chronicus skin condition.
A patch test was done on patients to better understand the skin condition. The patches were on arms and legs of female patients who had neurodermatitis. These females had more patch and plaque-like areas than the lichen simplex patients. The psoriatic neurodermatitis areas were also smaller areas that were more pronounced because they were rougher looking.
Most of the patients that had the psoriatic neurodermatitis had depression and anxiety disorders. Both conditions weren’t dramatically different in the skin patch test results. Essentially, the results of this study were, the psoriasis neurodermatitis is a thicker, rougher looking patch that is lichen simplex condition.
General dermatitis treatments and ways to improve skin every day:
- Ultraviolet light
- Wet wrap therapy
- Bleach baths (Talk to a dermatologist about this before doing this at home)
- Use a moisturizer (water-based only)
- Avoid high humidity
- Protect your skin
- Eliminate stress overload
- Use warm water
- Always use mild soaps
- Avoid chemicals in products
- Avoid scratching
Study that looked psoriasis and neurodermatitis
In a study both skin conditions, psoriasis and neurodermatitis all patients’ experienced psychological issues and distress. The conditions both created problems with their quality of life. The study looked at the psychopathology coping mechanism and quality of life issues with people who suffered from psoriasis and neurodermatitis.
It is clear that neurodermatitis and psoriasis affect quality of life. Neurodermatitis causes more issues mentally and stems from nerves being overactive. People with both conditions also are more likely to supper from anxiety, depression, and OCD.
People in the study with neurodermatitis had a lower quality of life. They also had more prominent mental health issues. Both psoriasis and neurodermatitis people used coping ways that weren’t in their best interest. They were using passive aggressive behaviors and avoiding issues rather than dealing with them so skin was able to improve rather than itching or picking more and causing more problems.
Treatment with HOCl PurClarity Revitalizing Mist for psoriasis neurodermatitis
You should also try our HOCl PurClarity Revitalizing Mist. This is the least invasive treatment to help improve wound healing time and help improve your overall skin appearance. Because this condition involves mental health, this isn’t the only product you should be using. It can certainly help heal the skin that is damaged. Our product can be another least invasive option in your skin tool kit.
Symptoms that can be possible with psoriasis neurodermatitis:
- Itchy skin
- Patchy skin (psoriasis neurodermatitis)
- Scale-like skin
- Rough patches of skin, usually discolored
- Intense itching in different places on the body
Main risk factors of neurodermatitis someone can have:
- Age and sex (usually women over 30, but can affect men too)
- If you already have other skin issues or conditions
Foods could cause a problem with dermatitis
Usually food allergies are a problem that can cause dermatitis issues. Always look at the gut first. This is the culprit for many issues that can become chronic, including your skin. Gut issues can cause psoriasis and affect mental health as well. The mental health is a major component of neurodermatitis.
Narcotic use could cause skin pick problems and neurodermatitis
Someone taking narcotic medications for chronic pain can cause nerves to be overactive and create more itchiness. Typically, with chronic pain patients there is also a component of depression or anxiety because the patient is dealing with a chronic painful condition. Mental health as well as addressing the skin itself is all part of helping this condition become more manageable.
Medications to improve mental state (pharmaceuticals) for neurodermatitis
- Lexapro (SSRI or others) (for depression)
- Ativan or Klonopin (benzodiazepines) (for anxiety and panic attacks)
- Gabapentin (nerves)
- Lyrica (nerves)
- Others as seen fit by your health care provider or psychiatrist
Supplements to help improve neurodermatitis
- GABA (Nerves, mental health and sleep)
- Melatonin (For sleep)
- 5-HTP (With or without green tea, green tea gets the medication across the blood brain barrier, talk to a doctor before consuming both, too much could be dangerous; for mental health)
- Johns Wort (Mental health)
- N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) amino acid (High level antioxidant and nerve health)
- B Complex or just B12 (Skin and nerve heath)
- Vitamin C (Immune function and nerve health)
- Magnesium (Improves nerve and muscle function, immune health, gut health, and nerves)
Other ways of helping improve skin due to neurodermatitis
Along with anxiety supplements or talking to a psychiatrist or clinical therapist who can address these mental health concerns you could also consider: Botox injections. These could help lessen the itching with neurodermatitis. Botox of course can have negative side effects. NAC can help people with picking disorders of the skin and has been proven with a small study.
For treatment of the skin, corticosteroid creams or injections can help inflammation and relieve itching, but again they have many side effects and cause a depletion of B vitamins if taken orally.
Antihistamines can help make you less itchy. Light therapy can also help improve skin damage and overall skin health from this upsetting condition. Lidocaine patches could also help with severe itching.