Why See a Lichen Sclerosus Specialist?

Why See a Lichen Sclerosus Specialist?

Due to its chronic nature, lichen sclerosus is a condition that should be closely monitored and managed by a skilled and experienced lichen sclerosus specialist.

Continue reading to learn why it’s essential for women with lichen sclerosus to seek continuous care from a top-notch gynecologist, with expertise in lichen sclerosus.

What Is Lichen Sclerosus?

Lichen sclerosus is a chronic skin condition that commonly affects the vulva – the external portion of female genitalia.

The condition is believed to be immunological in nature and is often characterized by white patches that cause skin to become thin, wrinkled, and irritated. Patients may also have intense itching and pain. Symptoms tend to wax and wane, with many individuals experiencing flare-ups.

While lichen sclerosus typically occurs in post-menopausal women, women of all ages as well as men can experience the condition.

Why See a Lichen Sclerosus Specialist?

The NIH recommends that patients see a lichen sclerosus specialist every six-to-12 months. Regular visits provide an opportunity to re-evaluate symptoms and make necessary modifications to the current treatment plan.

What’s more, being under the care of a lichen sclerosus specialist ensures that patients receive proper treatment to alleviate discomfort, improve quality of life, and prevent the condition from progressing.

What Are Possible Treatment Options for Lichen Sclerosus?

The most appropriate course of treatment will depend on each individual’s specific symptoms and concerns. That being said, lichen sclerosus is often treated with ointments and corticosteroids creams that are designed to decrease inflammation and alleviate itching.

Immune-modulating medications are another possible option for you and your doctor to consider.

In more severe cases, surgical removal of the affected tissue may be recommended.

Looking for a Top-Notch Lichen Sclerosus Specialist?

If you are searching for a highly skilled and experienced lichen sclerosus specialist, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Melinda Hall

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