Dermatitis Artefacta

Dermatitis Artefacta

Type of factitious disorder in which skin lesions that are consciously self inflicted in an attempt to assume a “patient role”  gain from the emotional and psychological benefits that accrue o those that are “ill”. May be mechanically or chemically induced. More common in females.

Usually because:
• want sympathy/attention
• avoid work or other responsibilities
• collecting work or disability insurance/pension

Lesions are usually unlike any other skin disease, but usually are distinctive and clear-cut. On regions of skin that can be reached by hands

Treatment:
Referral for psychological counselling (supportive and non-confrontational)

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