Lichen Sclerosus et Atrophicus

Lichen Sclerosus Treatment
Advanced Treatment for Lichen Sclerosus et Atrophicus in the San Diego Area

Dr. Melanie Palm is a nationally recognized dermatologist and an expert in the treatment of cosmetic and medical skin conditions. Dr. Palm is a noted leader in her field and offers many effective treatment options for lichen sclerosus et atrophicus. Her offices are located in Solana Beach, CA just north of San Diego.

What is Lichen Sclerosus et Atrophicus?

Lichen sclerosus et atrophicus (often called LS&A or simply lichen sclerosus) is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that causes lightening and thinning of the skin. Lichen sclerosus is an uncommon condition that can affect the skin anywhere on the body, however, it most often appears in the genital and perianal areas. It most often presents as shiny, white patches. The skin lesions can be itchy or painful and may cause permanent disfigurement if left untreated.

What Causes Lichen Sclerosus?

The exact cause of lichen sclerosus is unknown although it is believed that an overactive immune system or hormone imbalance may play a role. Anyone can develop lichen sclerosus, however postmenopausal women are slightly more at risk. Lichen sclerosus is not contagious and cannot be spread through sex.

Lichen Sclerosus Treatment Options

Potent topical steroids are the mainstay of treatment but topical calcineurin inhibitors [ tacrolimus (Protopic) ointment and pimecrolimus (Elidel) cream] have also been of some benefit. Other lichen sclerosus treatment options include:

  • Immune-modulating medications
  • UV light therapy (for non-genital affected areas of the body)

If you are looking for a dermatologist to treat lichen sclerosus in the San Diego area, call Dr. Melanie Palm at 858.792.SKIN (7546) to schedule an appointment to discuss your treatment options.