Itch

The Temple Itch Center (TIC) was established to focus on chronic itch as a disease rather than merely a symptom of a disease. The Center is led by Gil Yosipovitch, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology at Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Yosipovitch is an internationally recognized leader in the field of itch, and a renowned clinician and investigator into the origins and treatments of complex skin diseases and diseases of other organ systems with skin manifestations.

Learn more about some of the conditions we treat at the Temple Itch Center:

The Temple Itch Center was recently featured in The New York Times. Read the article entitled, "Itching: More Than Skin-Deep," which highlights our research efforts in the area of chronic itch.

Temple Itch Center Patient Information Form

To view and complete the Temple Itch Center patient information form, click here.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Allergic contact dermatitis is the medical name for a skin rash caused by an allergic reaction. These rashes are typically red and inflamed and may itch or burn.

When your skin comes into contact with something you're allergic to, the immune system produces a protective chemical called histamine. This is what causes the allergic reaction.

Common triggers of allergic contact dermatitis include:

  • Poison ivy, oak sumac
  • Leather
  • Latex
  • Citrus fruits
  • Fragrances
  • Hair dyes
  • Certain topical medications

To schedule an appointment with a Temple dermatologist, click here or call 1-800-TEMPLE-MED (1-800-836-7536).

Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Itch

While most itching is temporary, some itching can be chronic and uncontrollable. Chronic itch is associated with decreased quality of life and may even be as debilitating as chronic pain.

Chronic itch is defined as itching that lasts for more than 6 weeks. It may be located over the entire body, or it may be limited to a single area, such as the upper back, groin or scalp. Women and people of Asian descent are most likely to be diagnosed with chronic itch. The chances of developing chronic itch also increase with age.

Chronic itch is associated with many skin diseases, such as atopic eczema and psoriasis, but it can also occur as a result of other health problems, including kidney disease and neurologic disorders.

Temple's dermatologists are highly experienced in diagnosing and treating chronic itch. Some of their research has pioneered the methods by which modern dermatology diagnoses and treats the condition.

To diagnose the source of the itch, our dermatologists will conduct a detailed review of your health status and medication history. Depending on the cause, treatments can include antihistamines, corticosteroids, anesthetics or neuroactive medications.

To schedule an appointment with a Temple dermatologist, click here or call 1-800-TEMPLE-MED (1-800-836-7536).