I Have Lichen Sclerosus. What are My Treatment Options?

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I Have Lichen Sclerosus. What are My Treatment Options?

Lichen sclerosus can be painful and uncomfortable. Fortunately, treatment options are available to help you manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Keep reading!

Lichen sclerosus is a condition that causes discoloration, blotches, and potential scarring on the delicate skin around the anus and genitals. 

Although the condition is rare, anyone can develop it. However, women who have gone through menopause have a higher risk.

Dr. Yana Markidan and our team at Markian Gynecology and Women’s Health offer treatment for lichen sclerosus and women’s health services at our office in Princeton, New Jersey.

What you need to know about lichen sclerosus

First, lichen sclerosus is not contagious and not a sexually transmitted infection (STI). The direct cause for the condition is unknown, but hormonal imbalances associated with menopause or autoimmune disorders may play a role in its development.

Some of the most common symptoms of lichen sclerosus include:

  • Discolored patches of skin
  • Itching
  • Burning or soreness
  • Pain during sex
  • Delicate or tender skin
  • Blisters and sores
  • Narrowing of the urethra or vaginal canal

If you have a mild case of lichen sclerosus, you may not experience noticeable symptoms.

While it isn’t an STI, some of the symptoms of lichen sclerosus may be similar to other gynecological conditions and shouldn’t be ignored. 

Dr. Markidan and our team recommend scheduling an appointment if you notice any new symptoms, develop pain or discomfort, or have any questions or concerns about menopause. 

Your treatment options for lichen sclerosus

Lichen sclerosus symptoms can be painful and uncomfortable and disrupt your quality of life. Since the condition is rare, many people struggle to find adequate information and treatment for lichen sclerosus.. 

A common treatment option for lichen sclerosus symptoms is topical corticosteroid creams and ointments to help control itching and inflammation. 

In some cases, Lichen sclerosus may also be linked to an increased risk of skin cancer, so regular monitoring and skin checks are also an important part of the treatment plan.

Our team will work with you to design the best treatment plan for your needs.

Can lichen sclerosus be prevented?

It’s unclear whether there are specific triggers for lichen sclerosus, but practicing good hygiene and avoiding fabrics and activities that put pressure or cause irritation to the genital area can help manage symptoms. 

Hormonal fluctuations before and after menopause can cause symptoms and disruptions to your health and quality of life. We can help you find the best plan to manage your menopause symptoms at every stage.

For more information about lichen sclerosus symptoms and treatment options, contact Markidan Gynecology and Women’s Health today to schedule an appointment.