Lichen sclerosus is an autoimmune condition that causes white, shiny skin to develop. These areas may be itchy and painful or may be entirely unnoticeable. This wide range of symptoms means that many people do not get properly diagnosed with lichen sclerosus, and some may never need to seek any treatment for their condition. For those who do experience discomfort along with discoloration of the skin, lichen sclerosus requires the continuing care of a physician. Lichen sclerosus is most common in the genital area, but it can occur anywhere on the body. Luckily, there are many treatments available, including several ways to reduce the number of symptom flare-ups that occur.
When you are first diagnosed with lichen sclerosus, your physician will likely prescribe some form of corticosteroids. Most commonly, these are ointments or creams that can be applied directly to the area. Corticosteroids may also be given orally, depending on the severity of your symptoms. Your doctor will instruct you to apply a thin layer to the affected area each day until symptoms are resolved. After your lichen sclerosus flare-up goes away, your physician will likely continue to prescribe the corticosteroid treatment to keep symptoms at bay, although you may only need to apply it weekly instead.
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