New Treatments for Lichen Sclerosus
Lichen sclerosus is a skin condition that causes itchy white patches on the genitals or other parts of the body. It is a chronic inflammatory disorder that most commonly affects women before puberty or after menopause. Although rare, it can also be seen in men. Lichen sclerosus is not contagious or is it a sexually transmitted disease. There's no cure, but treatment can help relieve the symptoms.
The cause of lichen sclerosis is unknown, but more evidence is indicating that it may be the result of an over active immune system, possibly hormone imbalances and genetic factors. Trauma and chronic irritation have also been linked as contributory factors to vulvar lichen sclerosis, for example, chronic irritation may be from such things like urine exposure or reduced estrogen levels.
Mild cases of lichen sclerosus are usually asymptomatic, but moderate to severe cases may have any of the following signs and symptoms:
Blistering, bleeding or ulcerated lesions in more severe cases
" I can't stand the itching and
burning. Somedays, I can't even sit down."
Until recently, the treatments included
steroids, topical creams and hormones.
Today, there are more options to relieve symptoms and promote healing of this uncommon, chronic condition.
Dr. Stefanie A. Schultis OBGYN in Covington offers two new technologies that are resulting in encouraging results. Both of these treatments are non-surgical and performed in the office. Dr. Schultis will discuss these options in depth with you so you may be confident in the decision you make. Many patients who have been severely affected by this condition are very excited to attempt something new.