Lichen Sclerosus Treatment Tips


Alternative Medicine:

Lichen sclerosus is a rare condition that creates patchy, white skin that's thinner than normal. It usually persists for years, and can cause permanent scarring. Lichen sclerosus may affect skin on any part of your body, but most often involves skin of the vulva, foreskin of the skin around the anus. LS may be associated with an increased risk of developing vulval or penile cancer. The cause of iichen sclerosus active immune system and hormone problems. It is also thought that people inherit the likelihood of getting the disease. Sometimes, lichen sclerosus appears on skin that has been damaged or scarred from some other previous injury. The symptoms of LS are thinning skin, white patches of skin, itching and/or burning and sores or lesions resulting from scratching.

The most common sufferers of LS are post-menopausal women, although the disease can strike women of any age -- including young girls. In women, lichen sclerosus results in a white thickening of the skin of the vulva. It can be localised to one small area or involving the perineum, labia majora, labia minora, fourchette and clitoris. Sometimes the clitoris disappears, the labia (lips) can shrink and the entrance to the tightens. It too becomes firm and white and narrowing of the urethral opening makes passing urine difficult. In men, this genital involvement has traditionally been known as balanitis xerotica obliterans (BXO). LS, both genital and extragenital, has no known racial predilection.

Strong topical steroid creams or ointments (especially clobetasol propionate) are very helpful for lichen sclerosus. Moisturising creams help soothe the skin and sometimes anaesthetic creams or gels are beneficial. Healthy skin needs vitamins C and E, and zinc, so the diet should be abundant in these. Circumcision (removal of the foreskin) may be needed in some affected men or boys. Surgery to remove the entire vulva (vulvectomy) is reserved for the most severe cases. Wash gently in a shower or bath with plain water alone or with a non-soap cleanser. Try to avoid rubbing and scratching. Antibiotics are needed when infection is present and anti-fungal treatments are required for thrush. Other options are cryotherapy, and laser therapy.

Lichen Sclerosus Treatment and Prevention Tips

1. Moisturising creams help soothe the skin.

2. Vitamins C and E, and zinc, so the diet should be abundant in these

3. Topical hydrocortisone should not be used over a long period of time.

4. Topical steroid creams or ointments (clobetasol propionate) are very helpful for lichen sclerosus.

5. Circumcision (removal of the foreskin) may be needed in some affected men or boys.

Juliet Cohen writes articles for Women Health. She also writes articles for Makeup and Hairstyles.

Hot Topics In Alternative Medicine

    Three Steps to Get Rid of Hemorrhoids

    Constipation, Hemorrhoids or Piles, and inactivity go hand in hand. If you have been constipated for quite a while, chances are you have hemorrhoids. If you are inactive because you just like sitting ...

    Bunion Information and Treatment

    Bunions are one of the most familiar foot problems. Bunions are often reported as a bump on the side of the big toe. Bunions most usually affect women. Bunions happen nearly 10 times more often in wom...

    Skin Darkening Treatment Tips

    Skin darkening can be a very embarrassing problem. Skin darkening is medically called as hyperpigmentation. It occurs when certain skin cells release more pigment or dark color element. There are also...

    Alternatively Healthier

    Alternative health is popular for one simple reason: it works. The difference between conventional health care and alternative health care is that alternative health is about creating and maintaining ...

    Modern Aromatherapy - The Antiviral Properties of Essential Oils

    The body of evidence regarding the effectiveness of natural botanicals against a great variety of viruses is growing. Over twenty years ago, German scientists found extracts of more than 100 species o...

    Anaemia Causes Symptoms Information with Treatment

    Anaemia can be caused by iron or vitamin deficiency, blood loss, a chronic illness, or a genetic or acquired defect or disease. Anaemia is among the most common ailments affecting human beings. Approx...

    Shilajit benefits and uses

    According to the legends famous in India shilajit is considered as nectar or amrit of God given to mankind to live life youthfully and become immortal forever. Shilajit commonly called, as shilajitu i...

    Effects of Birth Number III in Numerology

    Effects of Birth Number 3

    The number three is ruled by the priest of the celestials - Jupiter Jove or
    Brihaspathi.

    Those born on 3 12 21 30 are all having 3 as their birth number.

    Knowledg...

    Meningitis Encephalitis Treatment Information

    Meningitis and encephalitis are inflammatory diseases of the membranes that surround the brain and caused by bacterial or viral infections.Infections in the brain and spinal cord can cause dangerous i...

    Buerger's Disease Information and Treatment

    Buerger's disease also called as thromboangiitis obliterans. Buerger's disease is an acute inflammation and thrombosis (clotting) of arteries and veins of the hands and feet. Buerger's disease ultimat...

    Choose Alternative Health

    Alternative health practices are gaining popularity simply because they work. Conventional health care treats diseases that have already struck, alternative health care seeks to create and maintain th...

    How Stop Constipation Stop Hemorrhoids

    Many people have constipation and they don't need to have it. It is mostly a habit of eating the wrong kinds of food and in the wrong quantity. Once you have constipation it will be recurring unless...

Alternative Medicine

Health Shortcuts:

A-Z Health Guides

Holplus Resource