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Suggest treatment for lichen sclerosus

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Posted on Wed, 3 Sep 2014
Question: i was diagnosed with lichen sclerosis 5 years ago. I was given some cream to use and i have been fine for 2 years but its flared up again. I cant remember the cream i used. Can you help in any way?
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
strong topical steroids normally firstline

Detailed Answer:
HI,thanks for using healthcare magic

Lichen sclerosus is primarily treated by potent topical steroids though there are other medications that may be used along with these in some instances.

The stronger topical steroids have to be used because the weaker ones would have minimal or no effect.

Examples of the potent topical steroids that are used are: (1)clobetasol (also known by the trade names- olux, olux-e, cormax, clobex, temovate)

(2)bethamethasone (the 0.25% strength)-may also be known as diprolene

(3)halobetasol-also known as ultravate, halox

There are other steroid creams that are only slightly less stronger than these that may be used- cutivate, elocon, kenalog, topicort, diprosone, cyclocort.

Some doctors also provide topical retinoid creams along these. These are used for short periods only.
An example is tazarotene (tazorac ).

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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Brief Answer: strong topical steroids normally firstline Detailed Answer: HI,thanks for using healthcare magic Lichen sclerosus is primarily treated by potent topical steroids though there are other medications that may be used along with these in some instances. The stronger topical steroids have to be used because the weaker ones would have minimal or no effect. Examples of the potent topical steroids that are used are: (1)clobetasol (also known by the trade names- olux, olux-e, cormax, clobex, temovate) (2)bethamethasone (the 0.25% strength)-may also be known as diprolene (3)halobetasol-also known as ultravate, halox There are other steroid creams that are only slightly less stronger than these that may be used- cutivate, elocon, kenalog, topicort, diprosone, cyclocort. Some doctors also provide topical retinoid creams along these. These are used for short periods only. An example is tazarotene (tazorac ). I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions