Lichen simplex chronicus, or neurodermatitis, can be described as chronic itching and scratching of a particular area of the skin. This condition turns the skin thick and leathery in the affected area. A home remedy may be required if this condition is affecting daily life, including someone's sleep. Itching and scratching can persist while sleeping, further damaging skin cells.
Bathe the affected area in a solution that contains lukewarm water and oatmeal or baking soda. Sprinkle the bath water with baking soda or colloidal oatmeal that is made for using in a bath. For instance, Aveeno makes colloidal oatmeal that is also used as a chicken pox home remedy. An oatmeal and baking soda remedy will soothe the skin and reduce irritation. This home remedy also will work before bedtime to reduce itching associated with lichen simplex chronicus.
Skin Relief and Protection
Apply a cool compress such as an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas to the affected area. A wet washcloth also will provide relief from burning and itching when it is applied to skin. Apply a bandage or dressing to the affected area overnight to protect the skin and prevent scratching while you are sleeping.
Avoid skin irritation from allergens in strong laundry detergents and from tight clothing, especially if lichen simplex chronicus is present in the genital area. Smooth-textured cotton clothing that is loose-fitting may help ease irritation while sleeping.
Choose mild soaps without dyes or perfumes to reduce inflammation and risk of further irritation. Rinse mild soap off completely while showering to remove any residue. Women with lichen simplex chronicus on their vulvar area should especially avoid irritants such as soaps, perfumes and strong laundry detergents because of irritation.