About Lichen Sclerosus
Board-certified dermatologist Rachel Day, M.D. provides compassionate services to people with skin conditions that can result in a disturbance in lifestyle. Lichen sclerosus is a skin ailment that may result in long-term complications. It's mainly found in women and presents as little white, shiny areas on the skin, which can grow to become bigger and more prevalent. The tiny growths typically arise in post-menopausal women on the upper body but can also affect the genital region, which is the reason it's referred to as a vulvar disease. If left untreated, these lesions can become larger plaques, injuring the skin and leading to bleeding, itching, and swollen blisters. This problem isn't infectious and though it may heal by itself sometimes, treatment is still necessary and recommended. Schedule an appointment at OneSkin Dermatology in Chambersburg, PA for an assessment.
During your consultation with OneSkin Dermatology, we'll request your medical history and perform a comprehensive examination to better understand your skin condition and the magnitude of the problem. The cause of lichen sclerosus is not entirely understood, but researchers think it might be a side effect of hormonal imbalance or an overactive immune system. For this reason, this problem is rare among children and males.
Lichen Sclerosus Reviews
"My daughter has been seeing Dr.Day for over a year now for eczema and acne. This last time we left the office my 15 year old daughter says “I love my doctor”! Thank you to the entire staff for helping clear up her acne, eczema, and making us feel like friends when coming in the office! The office is very professional, down to earth, and welcoming! I recommend Dr.Day and her staff to everyone!"- L.T. / Google / Mar 31, 2021
"My daughter has been seeing Dr.Day for over a year now for eczema and acne. This last time we left the office my 15 year old daughter says “I love my doctor”! Thank you to the entire staff for helping clear up her acne, eczema, and making us feel like friends when coming in the office! The office is very professional, down to earth, and welcoming! I recommend Dr.Day and her staff to everyone!"- L.T. / Google / Apr 19, 2021
"Every staff member I've encountered has been nothing short of wonderful and caring. I was dealing with untreated rosacea for years, there were times after washing my face that I would feel utterly demoralized by my complexion. I was shocked when within days of starting treatment I could see the redness in my face dying down. For years I had avoided looking at my face with my glasses until I had applied makeup...but now I was waking up in the morning, grabbing my glasses and rushing off to the mirror to see my face. Thanks OneSkin for helping me to get my complexion back!"- T.B. / Google / Mar 19, 2021
"Dr. Day is such a gift to our community. Her care is beyond comprehensive. She listens and cares about the patients skin concerns and complete experience. I appreciate the transparency with cost. Being in healthcare myself, I know how important but challenging this can be and I so value how hard she works to deliver honest care and also accessible care for all. She is a champion for social justice and bringing people together in support of local businesses. I have never been more happy with the health and appearance of my skin. Who would guess this would be possible in my late 30’s?! It’s always a treat to go to OneSkin and I highly recommend Dr. Day to all my patients as well! Thank you, Dr. Patterson"- R.F. / Google / Mar 19, 2021
"My baby had terrible eczema that caused him to be up all night screaming and scratching. We took him to his pediatrician, but the treatment failed. When I contacted Dr. Day's office they provided me an appointment within the week. His skin is so beautiful now. She has also helped me with my skin concerns as well. She has been such a blessing to our community and I am so grateful for the care she has provided."- A.C. / Google / Mar 20, 2022
Even though lichen sclerosus can be cured, it may lead to cancer if it's left untreated. Though the illness itself does not cause cancer, the affected area of skin is at a higher risk of becoming cancerous. This is particularly true among women where the condition appears around the vulva, which can lead to vulvar cancer. Severe lichen sclerosus can cause debilitating symptoms so we suggest seeking treatment as soon as symptoms arise. The most widely recognized symptoms of lichen sclerosus are:
- Little, shiny areas that become white spots of thinned, wrinkled skin
- Blistered areas
- Bleeding spots
- Tenderness and pain
Generally, if the areas of affected spots and scales show up on the torso or the arms, therapy may not be necessary and the symptoms will likely disappear by themselves. But if the condition shows up in the genital area, treatment is needed, even if the affected area does not cause you discomfort. Without treatment, symptoms could become worse and interfere with sexual activity, urination, or lead to cancer. Treatment generally consists of a powerful cortisone cream or prescription ointment, which can help prevent any itching. Surgical removal may also be an option, but in most cases, there's a possibility the lesions could return. Dr. Day will evaluate your condition and supply a treatment program to prevent the issue from returning.
Seek a Proper Diagnosis
Lichen sclerosus is a skin disease that needs treatment when it presents in the genital area as a vulvar condition. If you have spots of scaly skin, or inflamed or reddish spots that might be lichen sclerosus, we ask you to contact OneSkin Dermatology to find out more and to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Rachel Day. We're here to help our Chambersburg, PA area patients get treatment for this disease so they can resume a normal life.