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What is the treament for lichen sclerosus?

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According to MedicineNet, mild cases of lichen sclerosus found on non-genital areas of the body can resolve themselves without treatment. Lesions on the foreskin of the penis are removed via circumcision. Other treatments for resistant lesions are retinoids or vitamin A drugs and tacrolimus ointments. Ultraviolet lights can also be used on non-genital areas, and Mayo Clinic states that corticosteroids are a common and effective treatment.

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MedicineNet describes lichen sclerosus as a non-contagious skin condition that can leave scars. Post-menopausal women are especially vulnerable; however, all genders at all stages of development are susceptible. Children are rarely diagnosed with this condition. Although the exact cause is unknown, it is suggested that lichen sclerosus is caused by an overactive immune system or hormonal issues. It is diagnosed through biopsy. Medicines that regulate the immune system are used in resistant cases.

According to Mayo Clinic, lichen sclerosus appears as fragile, thin, white patches of skin or smooth white patches of skin that wrinkle over time. It can be itchy and uncomfortable with severe cases that blister, bleed or ulcer. Genital lesions can also make sexual intercourse painful. The scarring it leaves behind can cause complications with urination and sexual intercourse. There is no treatment for scarring.

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