Habitual scratching amplifies and perpetuates atopic dermatitis

R. C. D. Staughton, C. K. Bridgett (Lead / Corresponding author), P. Norén, J. M. R. Goulding, A. Affleck, S. Walsh

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    We were fascinated and heartened to read this very helpful commentary1 on the study by Redhu et al2 who describe some precise physico-biological pathways that link skin barrier disruption to itch in atopic dermatitis (AD). This may well explain how curtailing scratching in AD with the simple behavioural technique of habit reversal can so dramatically improve the condition3. It is important to note that scratching in AD over time often becomes not only a response to itch, but also to both habit and mental state.

    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages1
    JournalBritish Journal of Dermatology
    Early online date28 Mar 2020
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2020

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    Staughton, R. C. D., Bridgett, C. K., Norén, P., Goulding, J. M. R., Affleck, A., & Walsh, S. (2020). Habitual scratching amplifies and perpetuates atopic dermatitis. British Journal of Dermatology. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjd.19049