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Linear verrucous epidermal nevus: Symptoms and treatment


Linear Verrucous Epidermal Nevus is a type of skin disease in which skin overgrows and appears as red or brown, wart-like papules ( or nevi).

This condition mainly affects newborn babies and rarely occurs after five years of age. It sometimes affects adults among whom women are at greater risk. [1]

- Red, inflamed and itchy skin
- Can be painful
-Also referred to as the ‘lines of Blaschko
-More likely to affect females
-Self-diagnosable but require lab tests or imaging
-Common in lower limbs of the body but can be found on other parts too

The nevi or papules lead to scaly plaques and patches that appear as a distinct line on the skin. These lines are also known as the ‘lines of Blaschko. This condition usually occurs in the 0 to 5 age group and is limited to only the lower half of the body and on one side. The cause of this condition is unknown, but studies point to cell and tissue mutation as the main reason for the condition.

The age most commonly affected is 0 to 5 years. Those above 5 years of age are rarely affected.


It can be seen by naked eye and can be touched and felt, as skin appears red, swollen and itchy.

People may experience
Pain in the affected area
Inflammation, itchiness and swelling of the skin
Pigmented and linear skin lesions


Self Care: Taking care of the affected skin by not exposing to UV radiation and moisturizing to reduce irritation. Also regulary examining the operated area after surgery for reoccurrence.

Medications: Over-the-counter topical steroid creams can help in reducing itching and inflammation whereas topical calcipotriol can help reduce skin dryness. These medicines should only be taken after consulting doctor.

Specialists: If you notice the symptoms mentioned above, you need to consult a dermatologist. At mfine, we have specialists from various medical disciplines. Contact mfine and get on board for holistic treatment of any health condition.

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