The main treatment for lichen sclerosus is steroid ointment or cream , which helps to control symptoms.
It should be applied regularly, but relatively sparingly, to the affected areas of skin. Your doctor will advise you on how much to use, how frequently, and for how long. Generally, a 30g tube should last around three months.
When used appropriately, the risk of side effects such as thinning of the skin is very low. However, if they dont help, other treatments may be suggested by a specialist.
In a few cases, surgery may be needed to treat problems caused by lichen sclerosus.
For example, if the condition causes a woman's vaginal opening to become very narrow, affecting sex, an operation to widen it may be suggested.
Men or boys may need surgery to remove the foreskin ( circumcision ) if steroid ointments or creams dont help and the foreskin becomes severely affected. This can result in the condition settling fully.
Lichen sclerosus is a long-term skin condition that mainly affects the skin of the genitals. It usually causes itching and white patches to appear on the affected skin.
In women and girls, lichen sclerosus tends to affect the vulva (the skin around the entrance to the vagina) and the skin around the anus (back passage). Symptoms include: small whiteareas thatmay i
In men and boys,lichen sclerosus tends to develop on the foreskin and end of the penis. The skin around the anus is rarely affected. Symptoms can include: sore or sometimes itchy white patches on t
For most people, lichen sclerosus is a long-term condition that lasts many years and may flare up and down over time. There's currently no cure, but symptoms can normally be controlled with steroid m
Steroid creams and ointments The main treatment for lichen sclerosus is steroid ointment or cream , which helps to control symptoms. It should be applied regularly, but relatively sparingly, to the
In addition to the above treatments, the following measures can often help keep your symptoms under control: avoid washing with soap or bubble bath use plain water or an emollient wash instead, suc