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What exactly is Lichen Sclerosus?

Are you struggling with vulvar itching that has so far been undiagnosed?  It could be a sign of lichen sclerosus.  Intermittent itching in the external genitalia is the primary symptom of lichen sclerosus.   But what exactly is lichen sclerosus and how is it treated.

What exactly is Lichen Sclerosus?

Lichen sclerosus is a chronic skin disorder that is characterized by itching in the external genitalia.  The external genitalia refers to the labia minora, labia majora, the clitoral hood (skin around the clitoris), and vestibule. 

Lichen sclerosus tends to break down the skin, causing it to become thin, wrinkly, and dry.  White spots may also appear on the skin.  The condition makes the vaginal tissues fragile and easy to tear, so small tears may occur as a result of scratching, exercising, or intercourse.  

Lichen sclerosus can affect women of any age but is most common in post-menopausal women.

If left untreated, lichen sclerosus can result in serious side-effects such as pain with intercourse, blistering in the affected area, and painful urination.

What causes lichen sclerosus?

Medical researchers are not sure what causes lichen sclerosus but experts think that hormonal imbalance, an overactive immune system, and certain genes may play a part.

Treatment for lichen sclerosus

When seeking treatment for lichen sclerosus, it is important to consult with a gynecologist that is familiar with the condition and can, therefore, recognize the symptoms.

Board-certified gynecologist Dr. R. Stuart Fowler of Fowler GYN International (FGI) has successfully treated many women with lichen sclerosus, using a customized treatment protocol.  Once the condition has been resolved, FGI recommends that patients use specially formulated low dose corticosteroids to prevent symptoms from recurring.

Are you experiencing vaginal itching that has not been diagnosed?  Contact Fowler GYN International, Paradise Valley, AZ, for a consultation.

You can reach them at www.fowlergyninternational.com or by calling (480) 420-4001.

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