*Practice update COVID-19
I want to start by thanking our patients for their loyalty to our small dermatology practice. We want to assure all of our patients that our office is open and that we have instituted multiple measures to assure your health and safety.
Over two weeks ago, we took extreme measures for disinfecting the exam rooms, the front office, and waiting room. We have eliminated the sign in sheet at the front desk. We are asking all of our patients and vendors to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer on entering and leaving the office. Of course, we have stopped shaking hands and giving hugs. All of our medical personnel are using disposable gloves when touching patients. Thankfully, our practice is small, so patients are never closer than 6 feet from each other in the waiting room.
As a further effort to meet the needs of our patients, we will be implementing a telemedicine option for our patients. We are working diligently to set up a HIPAA compliant platform for this type of service. Unfortunately, not all dermatologic conditions can be treated via telemedicine. If you think you might have a condition that could be treated via telemedicine and are interested in this service for a future appointment, please contact the practice at 208-287-5525 to be put on an interest list.
We thank you for your patronage of our practice and are confident that the resilience of our community will help us limit the impact of this global health crisis. Your health and well-being is our utmost concern.
Lindie Borton, M.D.
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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.