Last Updated on March 2, 2018 by Douglas C. Goldberg, MD

General Information

Neurodermatitis is a skin disease of neurogenic allergic type. For the first time the term was applied in 1891, then the illness was meant as skin surface scratches because of primary itch. This disease takes an important place among the population on incidence of skin diseases, and makes about 40%.

child_scratchingNeurodermatitis on hands most often meets at children, and with puberty approach quite often disappears in itself. As children are most subject to this illness, parents should watch carefully the child’s skin, and at emergence of the first symptoms to begin urgent treatment because consequences can be absolutely adverse. The probability of consolidations appearance, changes of a skin relief, and also infectious diseases of serious types is high.

The main preventive measures of neurodermatitis for adults is “observance” of psychological and correct professional hygiene, for children – the mode of breastfeeding and the general hygiene.


There is a set of the reasons of this disease.

Let’s enumerate the main of them:

  • genetic predisposition (for example if parents had any allergic diseases, most likely it will become the neurodermatitis reason at the child),
  • negative emotions,
  • long-term intellectual and physical tension,
  • professional charges,
  • wrong day regimen,
  • diseases of digestive system,
  • improper feeding,
  • organism intoxication and others.

top-8-allergensOf course there are also external factors which may provoke neurodermatitis, also there are:

  • pets fur,
  • forage of aquarian small fishes,
  • pen filler of mattresses, pillows, blankets,
  • some cosmetic and perfumery means,
  • pollen of flowers,
  • food (nuts, a citrus, honey for example),
  • medicines.


Having established the individual reason of neurodermatitis, it is necessary to start immediate treatment. However elimination of a source of a disease isn’t enough, and at sharp forms, it is necessary to address to the dermatologist for full diagnostics and purpose of a course of treatment. The doctor will prescribe you drugs and it is necessary to follow all the prescriptions.

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Dr. Douglas Goldberg, MD is a Cardiology Specialist in Mineola, NY. He is affiliated with medical facilities Nyu Winthrop Hospital and Mercy Medical Center.