Once your dermatologist analyzes your symptoms and clinical history, they will perform a physical examination and take a biopsy of some of the lesions to examine them in the laboratory and confirm if it is lichen sclerosus.
This condition has a high rate of recurrence, so even after treatment and the lesions have disappeared, they may come back.
For this reason, the treatment is long-term and you will have to go to a regular follow-up appointment to monitor possible new outbreaks.
The therapy consists of the prescription of corticosteroid cream to control itching, and burning, and help repair the affected skin.
In cases of men whose foreskin is severely affected, circumcision is recommended to avoid complications.
There are a series of recommendations that you can follow as a prevention mechanism or if you are undergoing treatment to help heal:
- Maintain proper hygiene with mild and hypoallergenic soaps.
- Gently dry skin without scrubbing.
- Apply ice or cold compresses to soothe pain and burning.
- Take an antihistamine before bed to minimize itching attacks.
- Use lubricating creams or ointments in the areas of incidence or that are already injured.
At ABC Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Department, we offer health care services with the highest quality and safety, from the prevention, diagnosis, timely treatment, and monitoring of infectious, respiratory, endocrinological, dermatological, rheumatic, nephrological, gastrointestinal, and hematological pathologies of both chronic-degenerative diseases and acute conditions, through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary model.