LICHEN SCLEROSUS CONSULTATION/TREATMENT OPTIONS IN EARLY, TEXAS
I have developed a specialized treatment regimen that can effectively reverse the changes of Lichen Sclerosis, with a combination of LASER therapy, PRP injections, Estrogen optimization and a high-dose prescription steroid cream. Allow me to customize a treatment plan to reverse this unrelenting condition and make you feel good again.
Although lichen sclerosus is not a very serious health problem in that it does not affect the whole body, it is one of the most distressing problems that a woman can experience. This is because it attacks your genital areas and is a threat to your self-esteem and sex life. It is awful to go through life with a horrible discomfort, which makes you want to scratch yourself down there all the time. It can make you feel unsexy and unattractive and just plain uncomfortable and you will think “why me?” I don’t deserve this awful discomfort which is so embarrassing and distracting.
It’s hard to understand why this inflammation is attacking you and threatening to disfigure the most private and sensual area of your body. You may feel helpless and anxious because you don’t know how to express yourself to your doctor, family or sexual partner. You may feel dirty or contaminated believing wrongly that you are suffering with an infection such as Candida or some bacteria. This is not the cause of the discomfort and itch in lichen sclerosus. Lichen sclerosus is not contagious or transmissible to your partner or family. It is often misdiagnosed as thrush, Candida or dermatitis, so that the pain and discomfort is not treated correctly for many years. It can be effectively treated, especially if diagnosed early.
WHAT IS LICHEN SCLEROSIS?
- Typically, in patients over the age of 50
- Affects 3% of women
- Caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors
- A chronic condition
- 5% risk of squamous cell carcinoma
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
- White plaques
- Mainly on external genitalia
- Does not affect the inside of vagina
- Intense itching
- Burning or pain
- Wrinkled skin
- Pain with intercourse and/or urinating
- Fragile skin, which breaks easily when scratched or rubbed
- “Melting” of tissues
Because Lichen Sclerosus can be so itchy, many women scratch vigorously, often leading to broken skin, bleeding, and open sores. Over
time, those sores can form tough scars.
HOW IS LICHEN SCLEROSUS DIAGNOSED?
A pelvic exam is usually sufficient for making the diagnosis of Lichen Sclerosus. A biopsy may be necessary to rule -out other pathology.
We offer consultation and treatment options at BioEnve for Lichen Sclerosus. Any further evaluation or treatment options not available through our office are readily available at the office of Stefanie McCain, MD in Abilene, Texas.
- Loose fitting clothing.
- Avoid synthetic fabrics
- Wash gently twice a day with fragrance and deodorant-free soap
- Dry with hair dryer on LOW
- Smoking cessation
- Avoid activities that cause friction: bike riding or horse riding
- Unscented laundry detergent
- Supplement with vitamin D, Zink and Selenium
- Ultra-potent topical steroid cream
- MonaLisa Touch vaginal
- CO2 LASER procedure
- Injection of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
- Estrogen optimization
- Maintenance therapy