How Is Lichen Sclerosus Cured?
Patients with lichen sclerosus affecting non-genital skin often do not need treatment, because the symptoms are mild and usually go away over time. The amount of time involves varies from patient to patient.
However, lichen sclerosus of the genitals should be treated, even when it is not causing itching or pain, because it can lead to scarring that may narrow openings in the genital area and interfere with urination, sexual intercourse, or both. There is also a small chance that skin cancer may develop within the affected areas.
Medications are the treatment of choice for lichen sclerosus and are usually recommended for:
- Vulvar lichen sclerosus
- Non-genital lichen sclerosus that is causing symptoms
- Lichen sclerosus of the penis that is not cured by circumcision.
The treatment medication most often prescribed is an ultrapotent topical corticosteroid (a very strong cortisone cream or ointment).
(Click Treatment for Lichen Sclerosus for more information on treating this condition.)