15215 S. 48th St.
Suite 120

Phoenix, AZ 85044
602-833-8038
3011 S. Lindsay
Rd. Suite 111
Gilbert, AZ 85295
480-470-7677
36359 N. Gantzel
Rd. Suite 103

San Tan Valley, AZ 85140
480-470-8303
3102 E. Indian School Rd.
#140

Phoenix, AZ 85016
602-461-8155
20950 N. Tatum
Blvd #350

Phoenix, AZ 85050
602-461-7662
1729 North Trekell
Rd. #124

Casa Grande, AZ 85122
520-866-0460
1242 E. McKellips
Rd. #103

Mesa, AZ 85203
480-470-7933
230 S. 3rd St.
Suite B-4

Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-313-0747
 

Our team of professionals and staff believe that informed patients are better equipped to make decisions regarding their health and well-being. For your personal use, we have created an extensive patient library covering an array of educational topics, which can be found on the side of each page. Browse through these diagnoses and treatments to learn more about topics of interest to you.

Please note that this information is for your personal use only, which is available to educate you about certain skin conditions or possible treatments. It is not intended to replace an appropriate evaluation and treatment plan with one of our providers.

As always, you can contact our office to answer any questions or concerns.

Also known as neurodermatitis or scratch dermatitis, this condition is caused by a chronic cycle of scratching and itching an area of skin that becomes rough or leathery. While it is not dangerous, Lichen Simplex Chronicus can be a difficult cycle to break because of the severity of the itchiness. It can occur anywhere on the skin, but is most commonly found on the ankles, neck, wrist, forearms, thighs, lower leg, behind the knee or on the inner elbow. It may also be associated with other skin conditions, such as dry skin, eczema or psoriasis.

Lichen Simplex Chronicus occurs more frequently among women than men and generally appears in people between the ages of 30 and 50. If you are unable to break a scratch and itch cycle somewhere on your skin or if the skin becomes painful, contact your dermatologist. Persistent scratching can lead to bacterial infection. The doctor may prescribe oral corticosteroids and antihistamines to reduce the inflammation and relieve the itching. In some cases, antidepressant or anti-anxiety medications provide relief to sufferers. If scratching does lead to an infection, your dermatologist will likely prescribe an oral or topical antibiotic.

Some patients gain relief from the itching by applying a moisturizing lotion and covering the area with a wet dressing. Moisture helps the skin absorb the lotion. Peeling ointments containing salycylic acid may also be recommended to soften rough skin.


 
Our Offices

Ahwatukee:
15215 S. 48th Street, Suite 120
Phoenix, AZ 85044
Phone: 602-833-8038
Fax: 480.706.8157
 
Gilbert:
3011 S. Lindsay Road, Suite 111
Gilbert, AZ 85295
Phone: 480-470-7677
Fax: 480.355.1999
 
San Tan Valley:
36359 N. Gantzel Road, Suite 103
San Tan Valley, AZ 85140
Phone: 480-470-8303
Fax: 480.664.3661
 
Downtown Phoenix:
230 S. 3rd St. Suite B-4
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: 602-313-0747
 
Central Phoenix:
3102 E. Indian School
Rd. #140
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: 602-461-8155
 
North Phoenix:
20950 N. Tatum Blvd #350
Phoenix, AZ 85050
Phone: 602-461-7662
 
Casa Grande:
1729 North Trekell Road, #124
Casa Grande, AZ 85122
Phone: 520-866-0460
 
Mesa:
1242 E. McKellips Road, #103
Mesa, AZ 85203
Phone: 480-470-7933