By Gary M. White, MD

Frictional lichenoid dermatitis

Frictional lichenoid dermatitis is a variant of eczema which commonly results from scratching.


Lichenoid papules symmetric on the backs of the hands, elbows, knees, and extensor forearms in children in the summer is characteristic. Adults may also be affected. Approximately half of patients have atopic dermatitis.


A medium potency topical steroid ointment combined with emolliation may be prescribed. Friction in these areas should be minimized. See also eczema.

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