Lichen Sclerosus in Chambersburg, PA

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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.

Causes

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.

Symptoms

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
  • Itchiness
  • Blistered areas
  • Bleeding spots
  • Tenderness and pain
  • Scarring

Treatment Options

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.

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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.

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