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Search found 23 matches
by Dr Jane Sterling
Thu May 13, 2021 2:58 pm
Forum: Expert clinic on lichen sclerosus
Topic: Damaging skin condition
Replies: 1
Views: 543

Re: Damaging skin condition

Thank you writing in with what sounds like a worrying problem. From your description and the pictures, this does not sound like lichen sclerosus, as this rarely affects such a variety of body areas. It may be a different sort of skin problem or perhaps something affecting the whole body. I suggest t...
by Dr Jane Sterling
Thu May 13, 2021 2:48 pm
Forum: Expert clinic on lichen sclerosus
Topic: Recently diagnosed
Replies: 1
Views: 502

Re: Recently diagnosed

Although itching is the main symptom for most people with lichen sclerosus, it is not always a problem. Lichen sclerosus can quieten down and need little in the way of long-term treatment, but it would be good to be medically examined to be certain that all is quiet.
by Dr Jane Sterling
Thu May 13, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: Expert clinic on lichen sclerosus
Topic: No itching
Replies: 1
Views: 485

Re: No itching

Although itching is the main symptom for most people with lichen sclerosus, it is not always a problem. Other conditions such as thrush or vaginal atrophy post-menopause can certainly cause itch, so it is good to hear that the pessaries have helped you so well. Lichen sclerosus can quieten down and ...
by Dr Jane Sterling
Thu May 13, 2021 2:38 pm
Forum: Expert clinic on lichen sclerosus
Topic: emollients & moisturisers
Replies: 1
Views: 695

Re: emollients & moisturisers

The two words are interchangeable. ‘Emollient’ implies softening and greasing the skin and ‘Moisturiser’ implies keeping the skin hydrated. So using a greasy layer on the skin does both. It is best to use these in two ways: 1) when washing, instead of soap, in order to avoid using a detergent, soapy...
by Dr Jane Sterling
Thu May 13, 2021 2:28 pm
Forum: Expert clinic on lichen sclerosus
Topic: Dermovate application.
Replies: 1
Views: 505

Re: Dermovate application.

If the only features on the vulva – seen both by yourself and the doctor – are white areas, then that is where the topical steroid should be applied. Sometimes it is difficult to see all the features of lichen sclerosus when examining yourself, so it is sensible to be guided by your doctor. From wha...
by Dr Jane Sterling
Thu May 13, 2021 2:19 pm
Forum: Expert clinic on lichen sclerosus
Topic: lichen sclerosus
Replies: 1
Views: 581

Re: lichen sclerosus

There is almost certainly a genetic component to the likelihood of being affected with lichen sclerosus. At present no specific gene has been identified that can be tested for in order to know if someone has an increased risk of developing lichen sclerosus. The basis for thinking that there is a gen...
by Dr Jane Sterling
Thu May 13, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Expert clinic on lichen sclerosus
Topic: Moisturising and washing
Replies: 1
Views: 498

Re: Moisturising and washing

Lichen sclerosus can be made worse by anything that irritates the skin, so the general advice is to avoid soaps and shower gels that are detergent-based. If a little of the detergent is left on the skin, for instance trapped in the folds, then it can ‘tickle-up’ the skin problem. My personal advice ...
by Dr Jane Sterling
Thu May 13, 2021 1:56 pm
Forum: Expert clinic on lichen sclerosus
Topic: Dermovate- can symptoms reduce whilst tapering steroid use?
Replies: 1
Views: 485

Re: Dermovate- can symptoms reduce whilst tapering steroid use?

It sounds as if you have been started on the right treatment for active and inflamed lichen sclerosus. I would expect that the application of Dermovate twice a day for 2 months would settle or certainly greatly reduce the inflammation that drives the symptoms of lichen sclerosus, especially itch. If...
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: 325

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: 338

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...
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