Scratching behavior does not necessarily correlate with epidermal nerve fiber sprouting or inflammatory cell infiltration.

BACKGROUND Increased sprouting of epidermal nerve fibers of lesional skin are thought to be associated with persistent pruritus in chronic inflammatory dermatitis such as atopic dermatitis as supported by a murine study using tacrolimus (or FK506: FK) which was shown to inhibit both epidermal sprouting of nerves and scratching behavior or by… CONTINUE READING