What is the prognosis of excoriation (skin-picking) disorder?

Updated: Jul 10, 2018
  • Author: Roxanne Graham, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Except in mild transient cases triggered by an immediate stress, the prognosis for cure is poor. The condition tends to wax and wane with the circumstances of the patient’s life. Often, however, excoriation disorder can be controlled if the underlying psychological illness is controlled. Patients need intervention but sometimes have difficulty in changing the habit of picking. Without medical and psychiatric treatment, excoriation disorder tends to be a chronic condition. Untreated excoriations can result in scarring or infection, or tissue damage that may require antibiotics or surgery. Rarely, synovisits has been reported in the wrists due to chronic picking. [2]


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