22 Jan Lichen Sclerosus Cure
Lichen Sclerosus is smooth small, white, shiny patches of skin on the skin, primarily seen in the genital and perianal areas, that grow into larger plaques that become thin and crinkled. The condition sometimes appears on the upper body, breast and, arms. The condition is primarily seen in post-menopausal women and is uncommon in men and children.
The cause of lichen sclerosus is unknown but may be due to hormone problems or an overactive immune system. It is not contagious.
Treatment is the application of topical steroid creams and ointments.
If the disease is mild there may be no symptoms. Other signs and symptoms include:
- White spots on the skin
- Spots that grow into larger plaque areas
- Skin tears and bruises
Possible causes include:
- Inherited tendency to acquire the disease
- Overactive immune system
- Hormone imbalances
- Skin that was scarred or damaged
Treatment needed is minimal. If the disease is acquired during puberty it will usually go away without treatment. The overall treatment plan includes:
- Treating genital patches (even if there’s no itching or pain)
- Steroid ointments and creams
- Surgery in males
Follow-up should continue every 6-12 months to make sure it has not returned.
However, some individuals do not tolerate corticosteroids well and may develop side effects. In this case, home remedies may be a safe alternative to creams and ointments. Such natural products like cider vinegar, essential oils, and castor oil are among the ten options to be considered.
- Apple Cider Vinegar (not table vinegar) can be applied to lesions with a cotton ball a few times a day
- Castor Oil – combine 3-4 tablespoons with a few drops of lavender essential oil and store in a jar. When it looks like a pasty it can be applied to lesions daily
- Lavender Essential Oil – will help stop burning and itching
- Aloe Vera gel – applied several times a day
- Borax – combine equal amounts of borax and baking soda in a warm bath and soak in it
- Baking Soda – add a tablespoon to bath water soak
- Emu oil – anti-inflammatory that relieves irritation and swelling
- Coconut Oil – relieves itching and burning
- Magnesium – oral supplement taken for magnesium deficiency
- Dietary changes – Candida diet and probiotics may help keep the disease for being active because it eliminates yeast infections which can add to symptoms of LS.
Other health sites recommend a low-oxidate diet. There are certain high-oxidate foods they recommend removing from the diet and low-oxidate foods that should be consumed.
Foods to avoid are as follows:
- Beets and turnips
- Nuts – almonds, peanut butter
- Certain boxed cereals – bran flakes, rice bran
- Canned pineapple
- Soy flour and brown rice flour
- Cocoa powder and hot chocolate
Foods with low – oxidate are as follows:
- Poultry, fish, beef
- Dairy products
- Apples, grapes, melon (to name a few)
For the complete lists of foods to avoid and consume refer to https://www.healthline.com/health/lichen-sclerosus-diet#foods-to-eat.
Combining medications (or alternative medicines) and the dietary changes help alleviate and cure Lichen Sclerosus.