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by Dr Jane Sterling
Tue May 12, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: British Skin Foundation - Lichen Sclerosus
Topic: Elocon usage and lichen sclerosus
Replies: 1
Views: 218

Re: Elocon usage and lichen sclerosus

The question of how long to use a steroid cream or ointment, what strength to use and whether to stop and start or use longer term is always a difficult one to answer. It rather depends on how active the lichen sclerosus is at any one time. I would normally suggest using the steroid on the skin for ...
by Dr Jane Sterling
Tue May 12, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: British Skin Foundation - Lichen Sclerosus
Topic: Lichen Sclerosis
Replies: 1
Views: 227

Re: Lichen Sclerosis

Lichen sclerosus and diabetes (type1) do sometimes occur in the same person. Diabetes also means that you need to be on the look-out for thrush (candida) that can also make you itchy and sore. Of course anyone can get thrush and having lichen sclerosis does not mean you are any less likely or more l...
by Dr Jane Sterling
Tue May 12, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: British Skin Foundation - Lichen Sclerosus
Topic: A potential cure or other successful treatment options
Replies: 1
Views: 241

Re: A potential cure or other successful treatment options

What a good question and one that I would love to be able to answer positively! It is known that lichen sclerosus is a mild or limited disorder of the immune system, in which only part of the body is affected. Many of the treatments available now that suppress the immune system have a wide effect on...
by Dr Jane Sterling
Tue May 12, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: British Skin Foundation - Lichen Sclerosus
Topic: Should I moisturise?
Replies: 1
Views: 242

Re: Should I moisturise?

It can certainly be confusing when you are given more than one cream or ointment to use - which for where and in what order? The 2 main parts of treatment for lichen sclerosus are an anti-inflammatory cream to counteract the inflammation (usually a topical steroid cream or ointment) and one or more ...
by Dr Jane Sterling
Mon May 11, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: British Skin Foundation - Lichen Sclerosus
Topic: Annual checks?
Replies: 1
Views: 224

Re: Annual checks?

Lichen sclerosus is a long-term condition, as you have already discovered, and treatment needs to be long-term as well. In an ideal world, lichen sclerosus would be kept 'under review', but that is ideally done with you, the patient, involved. You need to 'keep an eye on things', although I apprecia...
by Dr Jane Sterling
Mon May 11, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: British Skin Foundation - Lichen Sclerosus
Topic: Do I need to be seen for a biopsy?
Replies: 1
Views: 212

Re: Do I need to be seen for a biopsy?

Yes - the COVID crisis is making things a bit more challenging in all sorts of ways, but best to stay safe. At the moment, many hospitals are making the first appointment a telephone call and then, if needed and when possible, a visit to the clinic may be arranged. It is of course difficult to make ...
by Dr Jane Sterling
Mon May 11, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: British Skin Foundation - Lichen Sclerosus
Topic: Steroid treatment
Replies: 1
Views: 210

Re: Steroid treatment

Lichen sclerosus is usually a long-term condition and will need long-term treatment. However, the treatment you need when it is bad (i.e. very inflamed) may be different to the treatment you need when it is quiet. So you want to use just enough and just strong enough treatment to keep your severity ...
by Dr Jane Sterling
Mon May 11, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: British Skin Foundation - Lichen Sclerosus
Topic: Lichen Sclerosus causes
Replies: 1
Views: 208

Re: Lichen Sclerosus causes

All important questions! Lichen sclerosus is caused by the body's own immune system slightly misfiring and instead of just protecting us from the outside, can sometimes 'over-react' and attack the body itself. Lichen sclerosus is not a vigorous attack on the body, but is limited (usually) to the gen...
by Dr Jane Sterling
Mon May 11, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: British Skin Foundation - Lichen Sclerosus
Topic: Prevention Vs Cure
Replies: 1
Views: 224

Re: Prevention Vs Cure

Treatment for lichen sclerosus is a long-term challenge. The betamethasone cream or ointment is a good treatment for the skin problem, but it sounds as if your symptoms are definitely not under control, and you may not be using it enough. It can be difficult to know how often to use such a topical s...
by Dr Jane Sterling
Mon May 11, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: British Skin Foundation - Lichen Sclerosus
Topic: Lichen Sclerosus
Replies: 1
Views: 219

Re: Lichen Sclerosus

It is difficult for a doctor to diagnose lichen sclerosus without examining the skin, so it is important that you are seen by your local doctor and that the skin of the area is examined properly. The other problem that can cause a lot of itching in the area is thrush (candida) which can sometimes be...
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