Some physicians recommend the use of ultraviolet light treatment to relieve the symptoms of lichen sclerosus. UV rays, usually UVB, are most commonly used. Patients will typically enter a machine that shines UVB light onto the area. This treatment is not used in the genital area, so it is only an option for lichen sclerosus that occurs in other areas of the body. Because UV rays can have side effects, like cancer, you should not try to self-treat yourself using tanning booths. Your physician can help you to safely utilize this therapy method if he or she believes it is a good option for your lichen sclerosus.
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