What is Lichens Sclerosis?
Lichen sclerosis is an uncommon condition that creates patchy, white skin that’s thinner than normal. Lichen sclerosis can affect skin anywhere on your body.
Anyone can get lichen sclerosis but postmenopausal women have a high risk.
Sometimes lichen sclerosis improves on its own, and you won’t need any treatment. If you do need treatment, your doctor can suggest options to return a more normal appearance to your skin and decrease the tendency for scarring.
One day, about eight years ago, I had to go to urgent care and the doctor saw the scars on my legs that had developed. He asked if I knew what it was and I told him no. I said that I guess it had to do with autoimmune, but I didn’t have a diagnosis. The doctor didn’t know what it was, but he told me to get to the doctor and get a diagnosis. He thought it looked awful and that he thought it would spread.
When I got home I called my doctor. He sent me to a dermatologist. There, I was diagnosed with Lichens. He said that my skin would become thin like cigarette paper. He prescribed some sort of ointment and told me to come back in 30 days.
I used the ointment and I didn’t see any improvement. The doctor didn’t see any improvement either. I didn’t go back. When he said there wasn’t a cure. That was pretty much all I needed to hear. Just like with Sjogren’s and Lupus, I went on my own to do it my way.
I went to a new dermatologist a couple of months ago. I have lumps on the back of my neck and chest. I had a big lupus sore on my leg that turned into something else and it was taking forever to heal.
After the doctor examined it she said that I have different stages of Lichens. Nothing can be done. She suggested that I keep my skin moisturized. She said that Lichens is super slow when it comes to progressing. I believe that.
I asked her why the tops of my feet itch and the hairline at the base of my head itch really bad when I eat too much sugar. She said that it is because of the Lichens. Even though I can’t see the Lichens everywhere on my skin it does make my skin super sensitive. Like most other autoimmune disorders, sugar aggravates Lichens.
So there you have it. This how I learned about Lichens Sclerosis.
Symptoms of Lichens Sclerosis
Sometimes, mild cases of lichen sclerosis cause no noticeable signs or symptoms.
When they do occur, lichen sclerosis symptoms may include:
- Itching (pruritus), which can be severe
- Discomfort or pain
- Smooth white spots on your skin
- Blotchy, wrinkled patches
- Easy bruising or tearing
- In severe cases, bleeding, blistering or ulcerated lesions
- Painful intercourse
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