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Is Lichen Sclerosis Hereditary
A condition characterized by itchy, pale, fragile patches of skin usually involving the external genitalia and perianal areas, but occasionally seen on the breasts or elsewhere. Most common in postmenopausal women, occasionally seen children and men. Untreated ls can cause permanent scarring so proper diagnosis ...Read more
Minor skin problem: Most lichen planus just happens, and is managed by topical medicines such as glucocorticoids. It can be severe and/or effect the mouth and/or other mucosal surfaces. Some people who have lichen planus have it as a complication of hepatitis C and if the latter can be cured, the former remits. Otherwise, it's dumb luck. Hope you are able to have it managed. ...Read more
See a Doctor: Vaginal lichen sclerosis can cause serious problems such as permanent scarring. Most of the time it can be treated with high-potency (strong) topical steroids. Patients need monitoring as the skin is at increased risk for vulvar carcinoma (skin cancer). Most often it is treated by a dermatologist or gynecologist. ...Read more
Possibly: Lichen sclerosus is a skin disorder that occurs much more frequently in women than in men. It tends to occur most commonly when estrogen levels are low. Menopause is a time when estrogen levels decline. Fortunately, lichen sclerosus can be effectively managed using clobetasol, which is a steroid ointment. It is used sparingly during flares. ...Read more
Had Differeniated VIN2/3 removed 2x this past year. How do I determine if new white patches that come, go & reappear are lichen sclerosis or VIN?
You go see your doc: At the regular intervals they recommended. Usually every few months (like quarterly or so). If you aren't sure how often you need to be checked call and clarify. Best of luck and have a lovely day! ...Read more
Circumcision: Data regarding the incidence of lichen sclerosus et atrophicus on male genitalia has not been fully researched, however, it appears that men who are circumcised have a much lower risk of developing or suffering from lichen sclerosus. The use of later adult circumcision as a treatment is controversial with some studies suggesting that it is not necessarily helpful. ...Read more
Yes: The problem is not infectious. However, it sometimes makes the vulvar skin susceptible to small lacerations. ...Read more
Lichen Sclerosus: Corticosteroid ointments or creams are commonly prescribed for lichen sclerosus. Initially, you'll generally have to use cortisone creams or ointments on the affected skin daily. After several weeks, your doctor will likely recommend that you only use these medications twice a week to prevent a recurrence. Your doctor will monitor you for side effects associated with prolonged use. ...Read more
I've tried Ani itch cream for lichen sclerosis which went helped much. What causes this and is there a cure?
Here are some. ..: The exact mechanism to cause lichen sclerosus is still unclear although some microscopic finding of chronic inflammation and scarring of skin has been observed. As a result, there has been no known specific treatment for it but "empirically" using topical steroid or some agents to suppress inflammation. I'm sure some effort to discover more specific, effective agents being under way. But when? ...Read more
Diagnose 2 yrs ago w/ vulvar lichen sclerosis n 2008. Haven't bin ck'd since. Clitoris disapprng. Is this serious?
10 months post op VIN2 secondary to 27 years of lichen sclerosis. Clear margins obtained. No evidence of new VIN. How long before VIN risk subsides?
Instructions.: Usually risk of new development of disease subside after 1- or more stable 2 years. Please, keep treatment as prescribed. ...Read more
My consultant said that the pale and whitish in parts is not lichen sclerosis what else could it be I am sixty five?
See below: Need more info: where is the lesion located? How long there? What does it look like—distinct borders, scaly, elevated, dimpled, size? What treatment (s) have been tried? Please resubmit question with added info to help us better supply an answer. ...Read more
Lichen Sclerosus: Lichen sclerosus (lie-kun skluh-row-sus) is an uncommon condition that creates patchy, white skin that's thinner than normal. Lichen sclerosus may affect skin on any part of your body, but most often involves skin of the vulva, foreskin of the penis or skin around the anus. ...Read more
I have been given hydroxychlotoquine for lichen sclerosis and lichen planus flare. Am on metoprolol 25mg a day. Is this a good plan?
Do you have successful experience treating lichen sclerosis? I recently read about treating with stem cell lift method. Is this done in dallas?
I'm concerned that I may have lichen sclerosis. Can I go to my GP or do I have to see a specialist? What is the testing process to diagnose it?
Your GP to start: The initial test of choice is a punch biopsy which your GP can do initially. Where you go from there depends on the results ...Read more
NO: Both are treatable and the treatments overlap. ...Read more
New Option: The Monolisa CO2 laser represents a new approach to lichen sclerosis which is typically treated with Estrogen or topical steroid cream. A few studies have been done but there is not enough data for a definitive answer. A few of the studies are listed here: http://www. Monalisatouch. Com/scientific-area/ ...Read more
Very uncommon in men: Urologists call it balanitis xerotica obliterans. It is like leathery white skin which does not stretch. Most commonly affects foreskin ; thus seen mostly in uncircumcised men ; strong indication for circumcision. Occasioanlly affects penile glans, especally aound urethral meatus causing meatal stenosis. Needs 2B excised when causing small contracted opening or constricting glanular urethra. ...Read more
I have lichen sclerosis, my treatment from the doctors doesn't seem to be working, how can I get rid of it?
Lichen Sclerosis: Ls&a (lichen sclerosis et atrophicus) is generally treated in the short run using high potency topical steroids such as clobetasol ointment. Protopic ointment is often used as an alternative to topical steroids for long term management. Consult a dermatologist to confirm the diagnosis and for further management. ...Read more