Lichen sclerosus is primarily a skin disease affecting the genitals, although it can appear in other body areas. Lesions appear as white, fragile skin or thick white patches that can be either smooth or wrinkled. The exact cause is unknown, however, highly successful treatments are available with the right technology and an experienced set of hands. At Horizons Health & Wellness, we can provide you with the treatment you need to tackle this problem and find relief.
What Is Lichen Sclerosus?
Lichen sclerosis is a rare condition that features the appearance of patchy white skin, typically around the genital area. Lichen sclerosus is not an infection and is not contagious. The most common symptom is intense itching, although some people report burning, stinging, and pain. A simple office biopsy using an injectable local anesthetic can make the diagnosis.
Is Lichen Sclerosus a Serious Concern?
Lichen sclerosus is generally not a serious condition, however, it can progress to a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma. More commonly, lichen sclerosus causes intense discomfort, making sexual relations painful and non-enjoyable. This can have serious ramifications on relationships.
What Are the Treatment Options for Lichen Sclerosus?
The most common and successful treatment is the consistent application of topical steroid creams and ointments. These can be combined with topical hormone creams, and are very effective. Some women have advanced disease, and for these women, additional treatments such as laser and/or stem cells may be indicated. Here at Horizons Health & Wellness, we offer the MonaLisa Touch® Vaginal Laser for the treatment of this condition. The MonaLisa Touch® works by delivering gentle laser energy to the external genital tissue. This process stimulates a healing response, encouraging your body to generate new collagen, elastin, and vascularization. This results in new vulvar tissue formation with more moisture, more elasticity (stretchiness), more thickness, and more resistance to infections. This treatment is non-invasive and can give you effective relief from your symptoms.
Treating Lichen Sclerosus in Bridgewater, MA
If you have noticed white, patchy, itchy skin around your genitals, we urge you to get in touch and allow us to properly diagnose and treat your GYN concerns. Learn more about our MonaLisa Touch® treatment. At Horizons Health & Wellness, we’re dedicated to providing comprehensive GYN care. Don’t wait; get connected and schedule your consultation by clicking the button below or giving our office a call at (508) 807-0634.