What is Lichen Simplex Chronicus?

Have you recently been diagnosed with lichen simplex chronicus but your vulva itch doesn’t seem like it’s going away?  Learning more about lichen simplex chronicus can help you better understand what is happening, so you can get the help you need. 

What Is Lichen Simplex Chronicus?

Lichen simplex chronicus is a skin disorder in which the skin becomes thick and leathery as a result of repeated scratching or rubbing over a long period.  Other symptoms include dryness, scaling, and dark patches on the skin.  Lichen simplex chronicus commonly affects the vulva.

Lichen simplex chronicus is a subtype of lichen sclerosus which is an inflammatory dermatosis in the same category as psoriasis and eczema.   

Although lichen simplex chronicus is not life-threatening, it can be challenging to deal with because the itching typically irritates the skin, and provokes even more itching.  This results in a frustrating itch-scratch cycle.  

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How Is Lichen Simplex Chronicus Diagnosed?

Lichen simplex chronicus is diagnosed by examining the skin and reviewing a history of the symptoms.

Treating Lichen Simplex Chronicus

Treatment of lichen simplex chronicus typically involves the use of topical corticosteroids to reduce the itch and inflammation.  

At Fowler GYN International (FGI) they have been able to successfully treat many women suffering with lichen simplex chronicus. 

Women with lichen simplex chronicus generally have sensitive skin, so in addition to the customized treatment protocol FGI also recommends the use of the FeminaRx Skin Care Collection, which is a range of hypocontactant skincare products. FeminaRx includes astringent skin rinse for the external genitalia, hypocontactant soap, soothing moisturizing skin lotion, and more. 

Do you have a vulva itch that doctors have not been able to resolve?  Contact the experts in vaginal care at Fowler GYN International (FGI), Phoenix, AZ for a consultation.  

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

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