Lichen Sclerosus Treatment in Winter Park, FL
Lichen sclerosus (LS), also known as white spot disease, is a rare, chronic condition of the skin causing patchy, thinner-than-normal white skin to form on your body. Though the condition most commonly affects the genital and anal areas, it can affect skin anywhere on your body. For instance, the upper body, breasts and upper arms are sometimes affected.
Though very rare, the most commonly affected are postmenopausal women. Lichen sclerosus is not contagious and cannot be spread through sexual intercourse. However, lichen sclerosus can make sex extremely painful for women, due to itching and scarring caused by the condition which may narrow the vaginal opening and affect the ability or desire to have sexual intercourse. In rare cases, uncircumcised men affected by lichen sclerosus may experience tightening and thinning of their foreskin, which may cause problems during an erection or when urinating.
Though lichen sclerosus is a life-long condition, treatment exists to improve the quality of life of those affected with it. To schedule a consultation with a qualified healthcare provider in Winter Park that specializes in lichen sclerosus treatment, call (407) 692-1965 or contact Dr. Asim Rahman online.
Lichen Sclerosus Causes
The exact cause of lichen sclerosus is not yet known. Scientists believe that an overactive immune system and hormonal imbalance may be at play. Though postmenopausal women are among the most commonly afflicted, lichen sclerosus also rarely occurs in men and children. In women, lichen sclerosus usually involves the vulva, the external genitalia. In boys and men, the condition usually affects the foreskin, putting uncircumcised men at the highest risk. In children who experience the condition, symptoms may improve at puberty.
Lichen Sclerosus Symptoms
Mild cases of lichen sclerosus may not present noticeable symptoms at all. When they do present, lichen sclerosus symptoms may include:
- Itching (pruritus), which may be severe
- Discomfort or pain
- Smooth white spots on your skin
- Blotchy, wrinkled patches
- Easy bruising or tearing
- In severe cases, bleeding, blistering or ulcerated lesions
- Painful intercourse
Skin cancer may rarely develop in lichen sclerosus-affected areas of skin, though the condition does not cause skin cancer itself; however, women who develop lichen sclerosus on the vulva are put at a higher risk of developing vulvar cancer.
Lichen Sclerosus Treatment
Your healthcare provider can usually identify lichen sclerosus during a physical examination; a biopsy of the affected tissue may be conducted in which a small sample of skin is removed and examined under a microscope to confirm the diagnosis.
Lichen sclerosus treatment may include corticosteroid ointments or creams which are applied to the affected skin daily, and then after several weeks, twice a week to prevent recurrence. Your healthcare provider will likely monitor you for the side effects associated with prolonged use of corticosteroids, such as further skin thinning.
If corticosteroids prove ineffective, your healthcare provider may recommend other treatment approaches, such as immune-modulating medications, platelet-rich plasma injections and ultraviolent light treatment (for non-genital areas). Research has not yet explored the underpinnings of a lichen sclerosus diet, though an internet search may yield a number of sources claiming (though unsubstantiated) that certain diets, such as a gluten-free diet or a sugar-limiting diet, can help ease your symptoms. It is important to discuss diet with your healthcare provider who can best assess what nutritional options will work best to optimize your treatment plan.
Schedule a consultation with a qualified healthcare provider in Winter Park that specializes in lichen sclerosus treatment. Call (407) 692-1965 or contact Dr. Asim Rahman online.
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