If you suffer from Intractable Itching, or Lichen Simplex Chronicus (LSC), you know how painful and embarrassing it can be to have itching hands, itchy legs, and skin texture changes throughout the body. Alpha Vein Clinic is home to Dr. Sassan Kaveh, a leading doctor in the treatment of lichen simplex chronicus through vein ablation. Please contact us today if you would like to schedule a consultation.
Do your hands, feet or legs itch?
If you experience chronic itchiness of the skin, you could be suffering from Lichen Simplex Chronicus. This skin condition is characterized by constant itching and scratching. Lichen Simplex Chronicus can occur in human beings of any age, race, and sex. It is important to understand that as an individual suffering from this condition, it is not simply a skin condition but what can be described as a systematic disease with skin manifestations.
This is a common condition that begins as an itchy patch of skin. With progressive scratching, this inflamed area of skin follows a cyclic pattern that leads to a severe thickened, scaly and dry patch of skin. This unsightly patch of skin can be quite irritating and frustrating which can go on for years.
If you’ve seen a dermatologist about this condition, and have failed to find a solution, it is possible that you’re suffering from an underlying vein disease which is causing your hands to itch, or leg itchiness in the affected areas.
What causes itching in hands, legs, or feet?
This chronic and uncomfortable condition could stem from chronic venous insufficiency, or CVI, which is a weakening of the valves in the veins that carry blood from the feet to the heart. This weakening can cause the blood to back up or settle in the veins, a condition called venous reflux. This causes the itching that sets off the cycle of itching, scratching and skin damage.
Unfortunately, this cause is often missed by both primary physicians and dermatologists, simply because they’re not familiar with CVI. The CVI must be treated first in order for the skin lesions to be eliminated. A doctor well-versed with CVI, such as a vein specialist, can recognize this cause and treat both it and the lichen simplex chronicus.
Lichen Simplex Chronicus is not created by emotional causes as people think.
If you look this condition up online, you will find that it says some people have mental or emotional causes to develop this condition. Well, the itching and then scratching of the skin is not simply a skin condition, but a systematic disease with skin manifestations. Lichen Simplex Chronicus is a condition causing itchiness and thickening of skin at the areas of skin injured. This condition is the skin’s response to chronic physical trauma. It mainly affects adults and can involve any portion of the body, but is often found on wrists, ankles, oral and genital tissues.
Symptoms of Lichen Simplex Chronicus
Lichen Simplex Chronicus is experienced as a recurrent rash and is presented by small, flat, polygonal bumps that sometimes grow together into rough, scaly plaques on the skin. It is often thought to look like psoriasis or eczema, which often leads to it being mistreated. Lichen Simplex Chronicus is due to a venous insufficiency that causes lichenification or skin thickening.
This condition is often a cycle, in that it starts with irritation that causes the person to scratch their skin. The more they scratch their skin, the more it itches. Plus, the constant scratching causes other problems such as thickening of the skin and lesions. The itch can travel through the whole body and make you feel that everywhere itches. Typical symptoms include ongoing itching, often intense, causing dry skin and breakage of the skin. The skin may also become raw or scaly, and may eventually develop a leathery appearance. Skin lesions and sores can also occur.
Treatment options for Lichen Simplex Chronicus
Not surprisingly, the LSC lesion will not heal until the underlying cause, i.e. CVI, is treated. That’s because it is the CVI that causes the chronic itch to begin with. The problem is that most of the medical community is not very well familiar with CVI and its complications.
Today, there are several minimally-invasive, office-based ways to treat CVI. This skin condition is often treated with simply applying cortisone creams or even injecting cortisone, which is not going to cure the lesion. However, Dr. Kaveh at Alpha Vein Clinic, who specializes in the treatment of venous diseases, has been very progressive and successful in treating thousands of insufficient veins. We have had many grateful patients who finally had their LSC lesions cured.
Is vein treatment covered by insurance?
Treatment of venous insufficiency resulting in intractable itching and Lichen Simplex Chronicus is a medical condition treatment of which is recognized by most insurance companies. Therefore, almost all non-HMO insurance companies cover the cost of the treatment.
Here at Alpha Vein Clinic we accept most insurance plans and are a preferred center for Sierra Insurance products.
Currently, all patients who have straight Medicare, United Health Care, Aetna, BCBS as their primary insurance can enjoy the benefits of treatment using the ClariVein Ablation vein treatment. We are now accepting VA patients with an approved referral. Increasingly more and more insurances are covering this new technique.
Lichen Simplex Chronicus Treatment in Las Vegas
Dr. Sassan Kaveh is a recognized Lichen Simplex Chronicus doctor in Las Vegas with over 22 years of experience in the field. Dr. Kaveh is specialized in internal medicine practice with certification in endovascular radio frequency ablation.
If you’re looking for treatment of Lichen Simplex Chronicus in Las Vegas we welcome you to our clinic to learn more. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable in making the right choice about your treatment, and also the doctor who is performing that treatment.