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Healing Lichen Sclerosus Naturally
Just What is Lichen Sclerosus?
Lichen sclerosus is an common skin condition that is considered an autoimmune condition that creates a discoloration of the skin. With Lichen sclerosus, the skin becomes whitish, patchy and is very itchy.
The skin, over time, becomes thinner. If Lichen is left untreated, lichen can lead to other complications such as infections. Most people need some form of treatment, while others, the lichen goes away on its own.
Lichen (LS) is considered an autoimmune condition, which means even if it "clears up", it may return. It can lay dormant, and then "pop" out when your body is under stress, or when your body is ill from something else. Autoimmune diseases live in your body forever. Treatment will most likely become life long.
Anyone of any age can get Lichen Sclerosus (LS), but it is most often seen in the menopause or post menopausal years in women. In some individuals, LS sometimes presents itself during the puberty years as well. It tends to arise in the body when the hormone activity level is high, or out of balance. It can involve any area of skin, but is very often seen in the genitalia area.
In menopausal women, it usually affect the vaginal area. The skin in and around the area becomes itchy, and sore. It presents as a yeast infection, only the vagina becomes whitish. It is important to keep the area clean at all times. If lichen is left untreated, the white patches can turn to blisters, and become sore and possibly infected. Lichen Scelrosus is not contagious, and will not be passed during sex.
Lichen Sclerosus also affects men. Uncircumcised men are more likely to develop the condition. It will affect the area around the foreskin. In both men, and women, it can also affect the anus. Again, it is important to keep the area clean during treatment.
If you have Lichen in a mucous area of your body, you have a small percentage (3%) of that area to develop squamous cell carcinoma. You should be sure to have it checked regularly by your doctor. They will watch for changes in the cells.
Other Factors That May Contribute To Getting Lichen Sclerosus
There is some scientific evidence that has suggested that Lichen Sclerosus can also be caused by infections. This is especially true when the lichen does not attack the genital area.
Some studies suggest that there is possibly a genetic predisposition, and that those women who get it, could possibly have been passed down the gene from their mother. This is especially true when an infant is diagnosed with Lichen Sclerosus.
There has been evidence that LS is associated with people who have thyroid disease present. Those who acquire Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, another auto immune disease, are very susceptible to getting LS as well. When one auto immune disease invades the body, it makes the body an easy mark for others.
Herbs To The Rescue
Healing Lichen Sclerosus Naturally
Most treatments from the doctor are steroid salves or creams, but there are some herbs and natural treatments you can use to help heal, prevent scarring of tissue, and help with the itch of Lichen.
Posted by Kathy @ 06:19 AM EDT
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