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Lichen sclerosus


Other Names for this Disease
  • Lichen sclerosis
  • Lichen sclerosis et atrophicus
  • Lichen sclerosus et atrophicus
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Treatment

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How might lichen sclerosus be treated?

Strong topical steroid creams or ointments reportedly are very helpful for lichen sclerosus, especially when it affects the genital areas. However, the response to this treatment varies. While itching may be relieved within days, it can take weeks or months for the skin's appearance to return to normal.

Other treatments that may be used instead of steroid creams, or in combination with steroid creams, include calcipotriol cream, topical and systemic retinoids (acitretin), and/or systemic steroids.

If the vaginal opening has narrowed, dilators may be needed. In rare cases, surgery is necessary to allow for sexual intercourse. The condition sometimes causes the vaginal opening to narrow or close again after surgery is initially successful.[1]

Additional information about treatment of lichen sclerosus can be viewed on Medscape's Web site.
Last updated: 5/26/2015

References
  1. Lichen sclerosus. DermNet NZ. February 4, 2015; http://www.dermnetnz.org/immune/lichen-sclerosus.html.


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Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Lichen sclerosus. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Lichen sclerosis
  • Lichen sclerosis et atrophicus
  • Lichen sclerosus et atrophicus
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.