If you have an itchy vagina episode you probably won’t think much of it, but if the itching is persistent and becomes severe, you may want to think twice about ignoring it. It is best to have a complete evaluation done by a gynecologist, because instead of an infection, you may be suffering from a condition known as lichen sclerosus. If you are not familiar with the condition, then you may have some difficulty finding out what is the best treatment for lichen sclerosus? So let’s take a look.
What is lichen sclerosus?
Lichen sclerosus is a disorder that often affects the skin around the vulva. The skin becomes thin, and cracks and white patches appear. Some women also have pain and bleeding. Lichen sclerosus is believed to be an autoimmune skin disorder. It is very common in postmenopausal women, but it has also been known to affect younger women and teens.
Although there is no cure for lichen sclerosus, it can be managed effectively. Low potency corticosteroid is the conventional treatment for the disorder, and this is applied regularly at the outset, in order to get the condition under control. Depending on the severity of the condition, a super-potent or intermediate strength corticosteroid may be required.
Fowler GYN International (FGI) in Scottsdale, AZ, has achieved a lot of success in treating women with lichen sclerosus and similar conditions. We have found that the best treatment for lichen sclerosus involves a 2 step approach. There should be an initial course of topical corticosteroid at the specific strength needed to bring the condition under control, followed by maintenance therapy using low potency corticosteroid. Stopping the medication altogether is not recommended, as the condition may then reoccur.
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