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What are some alternative treatments for lichen sclerosus?

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Alternative treatments for lichen sclerosus include topical application of estrogen, topical calcineurin inhibitors, such as tacrolimus, and topical retinoid creams, states DermNet NZ. Other alternative treatments are photodynamic therapy using methyl aminolevulinate and an experimental regenerative treatment using fat and platelet-rich plasma injections.

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The standard treatment for lichen sclerosus, a chronic inflammatory disease typically affecting the anogenital tissue in women, is high-potency topical corticosteroids, according to Plastic and Reconstructive Therapy. Alternative treatments are sought when a patient does not tolerate or improve from steroid therapy. A promising experimental treatment is a regenerative approach that involves injecting adipose-derived stem cells and platelet-rich plasma into affected tissue. In a study of 15 female patients receiving this new treatment for lichen sclerosus, all patients experienced a cessation of painful symptoms and improvement in the look and feel of their skin.

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