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What is Lichen Sclerosus?

Lichen Sclerosus (LIE-kun skluh-ROW-sus) is one of the chronic skin diseases which may affect the vulva, foreskin of the penis and skin around the anus. In this disease, one may see the sign of thin patchy skin and anyone can be affected with the same. Some women may get the recovery by own but some have to undergo treatment. Being the chronic disease, it is assumed to be associated with the auto-immune disorder and postmenopausal women are most likely to affect with the Lichen Sclerosis.

Lichen Sclerosus is taken as the inflammation of the Vulvar and peri-anal skin which become white, with frequently present bruises and anatomic changes. Apart from the topical treatments, Laser Treatments for Lichen Sclerosus is quite popular due to its safety & result-oriented features.

What Are Symptoms of Lichen Sclerosus?

Sometimes no possible symptoms can be seen although some of the common symptoms or signs are given below:-

  • Itching which can be severe sometimes
  • Discomfort or Pain
  • White Spots on the skin around the vulva, penis, and anus
  • Easy brushing and tearing
  • Bleeding, blistering sometimes
  • Painful Intercourse
  • Irritation and Burning

The discoloration may affect the entire vulvar and peri-anal area in the form of 8 and can be spread to other parts of the body like an allergic problem. Scarring may hide the labia minor and may also cover the clitoris.

What Are The Causes of Lichen Sclerosus?

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One single cause is not responsible for the Lichen Sclerosus and exact causes are still unknown. The possible causes can be:

  • An overactive immune system
  • Hormonal Imbalance
  • Earlier Skin Damage

There are some myths related to spreads of the disease but it is not true. Lichen Sclerosus is not contagious and can not be spread through sexual intercourse.

Menopausal women are most likely to get affected with the same disease although Lichen Sclerosus can be found in men and children also. In males, it is found on the top of the penis whereas, in women, it is found on the vulvar skin. Males are supposed to be in more risk as the condition affects the foreskin. In children, the symptoms may improve at puberty.

Advantages of Laser Treatment over the Traditional Surgical Procedure


SURGICAL (OPEN PROCEDURE) NON SURGICAL (LASER)
Cuts and wounds No Cuts and Wounds
Highly painful Completely Painless
Recurrence No Recurrence
Diet Restrictions No Diet restrictions
1 Month-2 Months rest Resume your work from next day
Invasive Minimally invasive
Risk of infection is high Reduced risk of infection
More bleeding due to cuts and stitches Very less bleeding
Uncomfortable and time taking post-operative recovery Easy and comfortable post-operative recovery
Low success rate High success rate

How to Diagnose Lichen Sclerosus?

Your gynecologist may ask for your medical history and symptoms you are facing. Apart from this, following diagnostics can be utilized:-

  • Physical Examination
  • Skin Biopsy by taking the sample of the affected skin.

What are Treatments of Lichen Sclerosus?

Treatment of Lichen Sclerosus is required if you see the symptoms of the same. Although there are many topical creams and medicine are available to treat the diseases, still, they are useful for the long-term effects. better to consult the nearest gynecologist in Gurgaon.

Usually, Lichen Sclerosus affects the genital areas or anus. It may also spread to other body parts but it happens in rare cases. Right treatment will surely help to reduce the itching, improving skin quality and reducing the scar marks.

Various treatments for Lichen Sclerosus are mentioned below:-

  • Corticosteroids: these are the ointments used at the affected skin daily to minimize the itching and burning sensation. It may also help to reduce the white spots by curing the healed area. Using the medication daily at the same quantity may bring the side-effects so your doctor may ask you to reduce the usage by the time so as to avoid the negative consequences.
  • Therapy: This can be used with the ointments as well for the better results.
  • Immune Modulating Medications such as tacrolimus and pimecrolimus. Topical sex hormones are also used to treat the Lichen Sclerosus but these are not effective nowadays.
  • Surgical Treatments: Women suffering from the chronic Lichen Sclerosus may be advised for the surgical treatment by removing the white skin but it is also not recommended as the Lichen Sclerosus may raise once again after the surgery although, in men, it is successful to remove the foreskin.
  • Laser Treatment: With the innovation of fractional CO2 laser lights, laser treatments are quite effective to cure the Lichen Sclerosus by removing the dead or white skin from the genital areas. Laser Treatments were earlier used on the other body skin, but now it can be successfully used to treat the genital Lichen Sclerosus symptoms.

Women looking for the effective laser treatment of Lichen Sclerosus must consult the Pristyn care Laser Clinic in Gurgaon as the clinic is equipped with the modern treatment tools and expert cosmetic gynecologist. For a better consultation, Book an appointment now and do not delay the Lichen Sclerosus otherwise it may take the chronic form.

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