Last Modified on Mar 17, 2015
Natural treatment of Lichen Sclerosus involves a combination of dietary changes, home remedies and essential oils. Treatments like Apple Cider Vinegar can help heal the condition, while dietary changes like avoiding artificial sweeteners can help prevent future occurrences of LS.
What is Lichen Sclerosus
While a somewhat uncommon disorder, lichen sclerosus is a skin condition that affects individuals, particularly women, worldwide. The condition is typically characterized by patchy, white skin that appears thinner than normal. Lichen sclerosus can affect any part of the body, but it most often involves the genital and anal areas.
While several common symptoms have been identified in recent years, lichen sclerosus may present indirect or even unapparent symptoms. As such, it is often difficult to diagnose and is even often misdiagnosed. When symptoms do occur, the most common symptoms include severe itching, discomfort particularly when the condition is located in the genital or anal region, smooth white spots on the skin, blotchy or wrinkled patches, easy bruising and tearing, bleeding, blistering, ulcerations and pain during intercourse. It is important for an individual to seek treatment if she feels she may have symptoms similar to that of the condition or if she has previously been diagnosed with the condition.
Lichen sclerosis is often a pervasive condition that progresses and can lead to further complications if not treated. Persistent or recurrent lichen sclerosis in a particular location may increase an individual’s risk of skin cancer. The condition is also extremely painful for women. It often causes intense itching and scarring and can even narrow the opening of the vagina. The condition may involve such severe blistering that even the slightest pressure is unbearable. Treatment is crucial for preventing these issues.
Home Remedies For Lichen Sclerosus
Effectively treating Lichen Sclerosus often requires a combination of treatments. At any rate, treatment is possible and using home remedies often offers relief and healing. Natural options including apple cider vinegar, calendula oil and castor oil relieve soreness, redness and discomfort. Lavender oil, evening primrose oil and essiac tea also treat the condition.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar, diluted with water, can help relieve inflammation and itching when applied topically.
Neem Oil, a plant which comes from the Indian subcontinent and is made by pressing fruits and seeds into an oil, helps to heal the condition and prevent further progression of LS. Neem Oil can be mixed with Green Tea extract and applied topically.
Dietary changes are very important in healing this condition. Changing the diet to eliminate artificial sweeteners and avoid wheat and gluten is very beneficial.
Lichen Sclerosus is a pervasive condition that can progress and lead to further complications. Holistic treatments that focus on relieving inflammation and itching can play an important role in the healing process and can help prevent further progression of the disease.
[NAY] This is in regard to Lichen Sclerosis:
I see where some say that a candida diet or taking Essia Tea will be of help, but I don't believe it for one minute. I have had no sugar for 6 months with very little bread and have been on a strict anti candida diet for 3 months (no nothing) along with drinking that tea and I just got LS.
Replied by Linda
02/18/2015Posted by Tina (Sydney, Nsw Australia) on 12/02/2012
[YEA] I was originally dianosed with Lichen Sclerosis in the late 80s (my early 20's) with extreme redness, swelling and white stripes on my labia minora. Treatment with cortisone via skin specialist was painful and did nothing. A naturopath put me on a Candida diet which we extended to wheat free whilst also using homemade golden seal pessaries nightly. In 9 months I had lost about 10kg (healthy weight for me) and all symptoms. My skin in that area has been thinner since and prone to minor splits, usually during times of stress and my periods. I'm not sure if it's related but I have also developed 4-5 largish subserosal amd pendunculated subserosal fibroids (up to 11cm) in the last 5 years.
Recently I have had a flare up of intense itching in the crease areas of the groin, also due to stress and can easily remove skin if I scratch even firmly. I will get it checked but am looking at the original solution to deal with it. I'm also looking at Red clover tea and will report what happens.Posted by R.l. (Fresno, Ca., U.s.a.) on 07/14/2011
I have vaginal Lichen symptoms and have had chronic vaginal candidas for many years. I am wondering if vaginal yeast infection is THE precursor to vaginal Lichen Sclerosus? Has anyone had the Lichen problem without a pre-existing candidas problem? Just trying to locate the possible origin of my condition. Thanks.Replied by Kim