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Risk Factors of Neurodermatitis

Written by Megan Kinder, with some help from SkinCarePhysicians.com. [email protected]

Research indicates that several things can irritate the nerves of susceptible people, triggering the intense itch-scratch-itch cycle of neurodermatitis.

Risk Factors of Neurodermatitis

  • Clothing worn tightly and made of synthetic fabric or wool

  • Dry skin

  • While uncommon, these may also trigger neurodermatitis:

  • Exhaust from traffic (long-term exposure)

  • Exposure to allergens and skin irritants. For example, some people develop neurodermatitis after using a hair dye that contains P-phenylenediamine (PPD).

  • Heat

  • Insect bite

  • Period of intense stress or emotional trauma

  • Poor blood flow

  • Scar, especially a keloid-type scar

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