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  • Lichen sclerosus

    Anybody have it? I was just diagnosed with it without a biopsy. I went to a gynecologist oncologist who has started me on a cortisone cream.

    I saw my regular doctor in August with complains of a flare up of IC and told her that I was also having this itching problem in a small area near my anus. So she looked at it and started me with a different cortisone cream, which helped a ittle. A few weeks later she checked again and it looked much better but she still wanted me to see her colleague who is a gynecologist cancer specialist.

    The specialist looked at with the a microscope and said that he is pretty sure it's lichen sclerosus, and didn't want to do a biopsy because it is an uncomforable procedure. So we are hoping the cortisone cream helps the problem. I'll see her in six months and she will look again.

    I looked it up on Google and it sounds like it is also one of those diseases like IC that have to do with the immune system, so I thought I'd check here to see if anyone else has been diagnosed with it.

    Here is a link to the MayoClinic website on the condition:

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    Lichen Sclerosis

    I have this as well, but it seems to be pretty easily managed with the cortisone cream. One thing to watch out for: once the cream has done its job, it's easy to just forget about the condition and not use the cream once or twice a week, in which case the itching comes back. My doctor did not mention doing a biopsy, but I haven't had any other problems with this.


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      Thank you for your comment and advice, egrolman. My doctor did mention about using it once or twice a week even after the itching is gone.