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Lichen Sclerosus Remedies

Last Modified on May 28, 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

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

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.


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Anti-Candida Diet   1  1   

Posted by Geri (Kentucky) on 09/18/2013

[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
Seattle, WA
02/18/2015

I have been on a paleo diet for over 5 years and my Lichen Sclerosus started about 1 1/2 years ago! Not sure if diet is a preventive, but I think mine would be worse if I didn't eat healthy.

Posted 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
Effingham, Usa
07/22/2011

I have LS , never did have a yeast infection or bladder infection. Mine started after I had my hysterectomy. Then dx with hypothyroid. I have found a relief in my own concoction - through many trials... and think I might have gotten rid of it.
Replied by Karen
Naples, Fl
08/12/2011

Im all ears... What's your concoction? I would love to know.

Thanks, ~Karen
Replied by Kim
Effingham, Usa
08/16/2011

Hello,

I have had some success with all the self experiements I have tried.

The ACV completely stopped all symptoms for me, but I couldn't take the ACV as it thinned my bones and bothered my joints. I found a interesting article at Pubmed indicating that acetic acid (ACV) stops MS symptoms, in relation to inhibiting a gene tranference. The following was a conclusion about LS being related to an oxidized state and recommending anti-oxidants - thus my remedy below.

The enzymatic antioxidant defence in LS was found to be significantly disturbed. CONCLUSIONS: This is the first study to demonstrate oxidative damage to lipids, DNA and proteins in LS, revealing a novel pathophysiological mechanism which may contribute to sclerosis, autoimmunity and carcinogenesis. Therapeutic strategies using antioxidants might be a useful new approach in the treatment of LS and could also help to prevent secondary malignancies.

For the Itch, I buy PURE Aloe Vera, mix with Lysine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Cystene, Primerose oil (a few drops), Grapeseed extract and it usually keeps that BAD fire at bay without any flare ups and without the itch. I have had it for 11 years and only have (1) 1/4 inch scar. I do have some atrophy, but that came from attempting to use OTC steriod creme (absolute no-no). The scar over my pubic bone completely resolve using the ACV and above remedy. I thought I was totally resolved when I was taking the Vinegar daily, I had nothing, no symptoms and skin was regaining pink color. I stopped taking vinegar because it was demineralizing my bones - started noticing joint and back issues.

I regained minimal symptoms when stopped so continue to use above mixture with good results to stop the progression. I am going to start adding Hyaluronic acid and Niacinamide to the mixture. I am going to start taking niacinamide (small dose as it can be toxic if to much) I am hoping for a straight out healing!!! I am certain it is related to thyroid issues - that started when they put me on Premarin after hysterectomy - causing my thryroid to fail completely. I will post with results.

TED - HELP!!!!

I want to know if Ted would answer a question. I have been taking Armour Thyroid for 11 years, did an Ultra sound found out the thyroid tissue has regenerated. Is there anyway... somehow I can get off of the medication? Have your ever heard of this?

Thanks.

Replied by Kim
Effingham, Usa
08/17/2011

Hello again, I wasn't to clear on the MS and LS connection... According to research taking Vinegar stopped MS symptoms (auto-immune symptoms), when I took Vinegar for LS my symptoms stopped. LS is an auto-immune condition. Acetic acid (vinegar stops the reaction). Has anyone else tried oral vinegar for LS? It worked for me, but again I can't do it because it demineralizes my bones.
Replied by Pincky
Lagos, Nigeria
02/17/2012

Try chitosan capsules by tiens. It made those horrible white patches on my vulva disappear completely. I mean completely!
Replied by Marie
Minnesota, US
12/02/2014

Hmmmm... Interesting, I've had Lichen Sclerosus for about 8 years. Over the past year I've had chronic yeast infections. Any suggestions would be great!! Thanks
Replied by Andrea
Eagle Lake, On, Canada
03/02/2015

I had chronic vaginal yeast infections all my young adult life. I was taking Canestan at least once every 3 months for years. Now I'm 66 and I was diagnosed with vulvar Lichen Sclerosus 13 years ago.

A connection? Seems logical.

The LS symptoms are under control with diet (no dairy, wheat, sugar, flour) and drinking lots of pure water, plus doses of lactobacillus and digestive enzymes, all of which were originally prescribed for IBS, so they keep my gut (and therefore my whole system) healthy and alkaline.

Apple Cider Vinegar   0  0   

Posted by Mary (Valencia, Ca Usa) on 12/15/2009

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I have had Lichen Sclerosus (LS) for 2 1/2 yrs with almost no itching but lots of inflammation and soreness. The steroid ointments just seemed to make it worse. I tried apple cider vinagar on a little cotton with water and this seems to help the inflammation. I can't wear underwear/long pants as it seems to irritate the area. Does anyone else have the same type of LS? I am tired of going around in my nightgown. Thanks

Replied by 3unicoyds
L.a., Ca Usa
01/30/2011

In 8/2010 I was diagnosed with L.S. After a routine pap. I am 45, on a high dose estrogen birth control pill. So lack of estrogen, confuses me. 1/2 my clitoris is closed up and I had NO SYMPTOMS! Needless to say I am shocked. I have been battling body pain for 2 years maybe fibromyalgia, symptoms are similiar and on several medications. I did recently test for HPV, but they say no connection. I am using steroid, but no change. Yahoo has an excellent support group for this too. But has anyone found anything to reverse the skin closing? I do not want to have surgery, but seriously my clit. Please there are few things in life I am not willing to give up and that is one of them. HELP. Thanks
Replied by Diane
Perkasie, Pa
07/01/2014

Re: Improving Lichen Sclerosus With Diet: I have improved all of my inflammatory conditions through better eating. Everything you put in your body can either cause inflammation or heal it. I am a Wellness coach and have helped others to reverse these conditions through better eating. Start with reading about Mark Hyman or Dr. Andrew Weil, all about how processed foods cause inflammation. Hope this helps
Replied by Madeleine
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
10/10/2014

I have had LS for 10 years and was prescribed Clobatesol. It did help in the beginning with the white patches and the itch but still got flare-ups that are excrutiating. I have never been able to stop using it for any lenght of time and would have flare-ups that lasted for weeks. This creme has done absolutely nothing for my LS for the past 4 months, I don't know if the area is now immune to it. I'm willing to change my diet but do not have a clue where to start. Are there certain foods that I should stay away from? I don't eat processed food or junk food, I eat lots of fruits and vegetables, I eat poultry and some fish. I thank you for any advice you can give me.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Lavender Oil   1  0   

Posted by Mom (New York) on 11/10/2013

[YEA]  Hi, I have had Lichen Sclerosus (LS) most of my life, it was finally diagnosed 2 years ago and I had surgery 1 year ago. It helped alot. I have tried apple cidar vinegar, it helps a lot, I also will drink it! This is a life savor. I have recenlty found that applying lavender essential oils made thy itching stop immediately! Try a spot to make sure it doesn't burn. It did not burn me, but was slightly warm. It did not cause any other yeast infections or BV at all, which I was worried about. I am one of those weird people who get both at the same time. Try it! It helped a lot!!!

Replied by Michelle
Ar
04/19/2015

What kind of lavender oil did you use? And where do you apply it at?

Baking Soda   6  0   

Posted by Naomi (Delta, Canada) on 01/07/2015

[YEA]  I have had Lichen Sclerosus for about 10 years now. I have just recently started using baking soda for it. I put about 1 tbsp bakin soda in a small glass 1/3 cup of water, take a seat on the toilet and pour it directly over the vaginal area. Let it dry, and I'm good to go! It has been very helpful!!!! :))

Posted by Carol (Gardner, Ks.) on 08/05/2012

[YEA]  I have LS. Was diagnosed 2 1/2 years ago... I was prescribed the steroid cream and it caused atrophy really bad.. Clitoris disappeared.. I no longer use it. I have severe itching and pain when I urinate and it gets on labia. I read on here about the baking soda.. I tried it last evening but I added baby oil. I am simply amazed at the progress I made with this combination... I actually got some sleep... I also have sjogrens disease which is in the lupus family, I am diabetic, and have fibromyalgia... This combination has helped me more than anything I have tried... Any more input would be much appreciated. thanks so much for the baking soda tip...carol

Replied by Lynn
Pa, US
01/03/2015

Hi. Did you make a salve of the baking soda and baby oil or soak in it?
Replied by Angie
Chicago, IL
02/04/2015

I was diagnosised with Lichen Sclerosus August 2014 and prescribed Clobatesol which worked great for initial flare up. I have had two additional flare ups which seem worse each time. I am seeking natural healing options. How do you use the ACV and Baking soda, as a soak or place directly on inflammed area?
Replied by Lisa
Las Vegas, Nevada
02/14/2015

[YEA]   I combined coconut oil and baking soda into a paste, immediate relief of burning and itching.

Posted by Jay (Pueblo, Co) on 12/31/2011

[YEA]  I am a 67 year old male. I have had Lichens since about age 50. It started with extreme pain in the anal area. It was so severe I used a linament intended for livestock for relief. It was not diagnosed until 3 years ago, and my GP and Dermatologist seemed baffled about the whole thing. I don't think I can describe how painful this condition has been, but at times it felt like I had a razor blade between my buttocks. I have been thru all the steroid creams etc. With no effect. About a year ago a friend recommended baking soda and it has been a lifesaver for me. I soak at least once a day in baking soda bath, and the pain relief has been miraculous. I can usually function for 8 to 10 hours without pain, however I am still plagued by itching. It is best described as like poison Ivy, the more you scratch the worse it gets. I believe that the itch is caused or aggravated by my coffee consumtion, and I am trying to cut back on that. I apply a cream after bathing (Nupercainal) and that usually gets me thru the day. The itch, which is driving me crazy, is usually at night and effects my sleep patterns. I only saw one reference to baking soda in earlier posts, but I can assure you that it has been extremely helpful to me in the relief of pain. I am hoping that eliminating coffee will relieve the itching and in the mean time , I use the same ointment for temporary relief, or just take another bath in very hot water with the baking soda.

Replied by Dud
The Woods Of, Wv, Usa
12/31/2011

Jay, why don't you try a series of 30 minute sitz baths using 1 tablespoon of borax washingn powder in the water, You could even throw in some baking powder if you wanted to. the borax is a powerfull fungicide, bacteria-cide, parasite-ide..... According to all reports on earthclinic.com.... Also safe to use. Even works on dog mange. Maybe throw in some hydrogen peroxide into the sitz bath also.

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2nd idea: make yourself some garlic oil out of raw garlic infused in either virgin coconut oil, or cold pressed castor oil. Then use it as a lotion on the skin during the day. also a powerfull fungicide bacteria-cide. go to this website for directions on how to make it:

http://www.keephopealive.org/joi2003vol2.html

Garlic Oil Ointment
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3rd idea - use castor oil as a anti-biotic salve on the area. It by its self is a anti-bacterial, anti-fungal. For some reason this is never pointed out by anyone. even the people who advocate it's use.

Replied by Mo
Totnes, Uk
06/12/2012

Yes, I use castor oil. I agree with this. I use it in tandem with "Argile Verte" from France. This is green clay it comes in powder form. You mix it with clean water. I use spring water. And a wooden spoon. It has to be wooden. Mix it into a paste and apply. What a releif. It cools down takes the inflamation down and each time I go to the loo I wash and apply some more. If at home I wear no nickers. If at work I wear a pad. Et voila. I have lived with this condition for 20 years. I tried all sorts. I suffered undescribably, but never ever used sterpoid cream. One day I went along with and got the cream. It sat on the shelf after a year I took it back to the chemist. I know this condition is here for a reason. For me my reason is because I hated my genitals. Plus I loved myself less. Now I love me and my genitals. And I know I am getting closer and closer to healing this very stubborn conditions. Last of all. Go to the dead sea for 28 days. If you do not heal completely at least you will feel sooooo much better. I sat with my legs open facing the sun. 8 hours per day. Hard work but worth it. For releif I also have used ice packs. And what about colloidal silver? it is so good this spray. Helps stop the itch. Keep spraying. Above all don't give up. And don't "beat yourself up like I used to do. I still have LS but I've learnt to love my condition as it tels me when I do not take care of myself. Put yourself first. Love yourself you're not a freak. Tke care of it because you love yourself not because you are afraid it might get worse. It's all in the mind. I was 42 when I first was diagnosed with it and now I am 62. I couldn't be any happier in my life because I can say that now I love myself. Thank you for reading this.
Replied by Mommywantstomakeit Better
Lebanon, Missouri, Usa
07/25/2012

Hello. Thank you for this website. I did not know how serious this condition was until reading comments. My five year old daughter was recently dx with Lichen Sclerosus at her five year well check up. Before that, she was always complaining about it itching and hurting. I assumed she was getting a bladder infection, and gave her cranberry juice, since she always complained about it when she urinated; or, that she had pinworms, since she seemed to be the only one of the kids who got them. Her vagina always looks irritated. After the doctor diagnosed her, he gave her some Elidel. It helped with the itching at first, but it would make it hurt worse. I don't know what to do. I just want to make it better. Also, she had a genital wart and it went away, and the dr thinks that is how she got the LS. Also, I have hypothyroidism and heard some of the comments say it is hereditary and a possible cause of LS. Please help me. She is only five, and I don't know what to try for such a young age afflicted by LS. After reading your comments, I understand the pain she is going through. I just want her to be healthy and happy. Please help me to make it all better.
Replied by Lydnatmom
Jeffersonville, In
11/05/2012

My daughter is 4 and recently diagnosed. I don't know much about it either yet. Just wanted you to know you aren't alone and it's nice to know (even though I wouldn't wish this on anyone, ESPECIALLY a child) that me and my daughter aren't alone either. I know with my daughter I have stopped making her wear underwear and just have her in sweat pants most the time. NEVER in jeans and that seems to help a LOT. Also her doc prescribed Lidocaine in addition to the clobetasol and it seems to really help too. The doc told us not to use any soap "down there" and only soap free products for the rest of her body. I hope something in here helps you! Good luck to your daughter!
Replied by Youngandhavels.
Lansing, Michigan
01/21/2013

I saw this post and wanted to respond to it! Mommywantstomakeitbetter post in July! I hope you're still on here! Genital warts are a sexually transmitted disease! How is it that your 5 year old has a genital wart? I would be freaking out if my child had that! How is it that your Dr. did not call social services on you? And you do not get L.S. from genital warts! It is an autoimmune disease! I have LS and got it at age 28 and my Dr. didn't think that I had it. She kept telling me it was an old lady disease. I researched it and found out what I had on my very own and made her do a biopsy and sure enough I was correct! I ended up doing tons of research and changed my diet and used clobetasol propionate along with emu oil and ended up having it go into remission and now it is back at age 45! I have been under alot of stress and I do think that can bring it on. I am now back on my special diet and trying to get it under control and am praying I can get it back in remission again. I also pray my girls never get this! I really pray that your daughter's goes into remission. I have learned that it usually does when young kids get it. However I am really concerned as to why a 5 year old would have a genital wart and can't believe that no one on here has asked you how in the world she got that! And why your Dr. isn't wondering the same thing? I would be freaking out if I was you I am freaking out and I am not you! And I would use Emu oil in addition to clobetasol propionate on your daughter. I am praying for her! No child should have to deal with this horrible disease. The itching is enough to drive you mad!
Replied by Christina
Winnemucca, Nevada
01/21/2013

Maybe the child got genital warts from the Mother through birth.
Replied by Ladywolfdg
Somewhere, Tx
01/22/2013

A 5 yr old that has GENITAL WARTS and neither the mom or doctor knows that this is transmitted through sex! Someone is LYING! Someone gave that poor girl a disease! I would take her to another doctor, because the former doctor may had sex with her when the mom was NOT looking! Get real!! She would NOT have gotten it from birth either!
Replied by Feelbetter
Phoenix, Az
01/22/2013

Did anyone in the family have any warts or even recent vaccination for genital warts? I believe that they are very contagious and can transfer to the genital area by touch by the child itself. I am in no way ruling out that the child has been abused, but I just remember reading that somewhere. You might want to research that possible route of transmission.
Replied by Kitty
May's Landing, Nj
01/22/2013

Yes, the doc should have had red flags raised, my goodness! One other possibility is that it was molluscum cantagiosum and not a genital wart. MC is very common in children (they get it on playground equipment) and can look like genital warts. Here's an article I found about distinguishing between the two: http://goaskalice.columbia.edu/how-tell-mollusca-genital-warts
Replied by P
Anon
01/24/2013

We need to be very careful in making this sort of acusations. I say this as a male who has had anal warts (but no anal sex). I removed them with ACV then took care of my health to up my immune system. They never returned. I also tested negative for herpes.

Just be careful not to destroy someone's life and career based on "modern" science that at times is, at best, questionable, and downright criminal other times. That being said, you should explore all possibilities.

Replied by Christina
Winnemucca, Nv
01/24/2013

@ladywolfdg - it is rare to pass on hpv or genital warts to your children through birth but certainly not impossible.
Replied by Aphrodite
Miami
03/02/2013

@youngandraveld: I was a nanny and the newborn I took care of had genital warts. It's something u inherit even if both parent don't have signs or symptomes! It's something ur actually supposed to know and learn in school, obviously not in amerikan schools!!! Now she is 7 and its been gone. Aint non to freak out about so chill out, ur a growen woman!!! To all the others suffering from LS. I am 28 years and suffering for it for good 7 years. I know abuse and rape and the stress within triggered it. I got diagnosed about less then a year ago. I heard emu oil is supposed to give great relieve. Local health stores don't carry it. So I got neem oil, coconut oil and I will get a bottel of liquid lysene capsulas, which I will open and apply direct of the vulva. These are some great natural remedies. I do not support steroid creams, they will make it worse on the end with thining the skin over time.
Replied by Cazza
Sydney, Australia
05/06/2013

I use pawpaw ointment. It stops the itch immediately. It won't cure the LS but it makes the pain and itch go away immediately.
Replied by Ls Is Not G Warts
Knox, Tn
09/15/2013

This is not about people with genital warts! Lichen Sclerosus (LS) and warts are not related. LS is also not related to hpv. I think these posts may cause unnessary stress to parents.
Replied by Daniela
Victoria Australia
03/16/2014

I am a 45 year old woman who was born with the herpes simplex virus, passed to me whilst my mother was giving birth. Though this is a rare way to contract the virus; it is not impossible.I have been on antiviral drug therapy most of my life so please be careful when making comments about sexual abuse. My mother and grandmother both have herpes simplex. I have genital herpes and nil hearing from my right ear.
Replied by Lynn
Pa, US
01/03/2015

The sitz bath is what I was thinking too with the baking soda. I'm trying the castor oil, lavendar and lemon grass for ointment. Husband is out now shopping for ingredients.

I was managing the Lichen Sclerosus fine with Emuaid and then ended up in the hospital with acute asthma exacerbation. I had antibiotics and steroids for 3 weeks. The LS has gone wild. I have blistering, inflammation, skin peeling and I can't bear to have clothing on. Emuaid no longer helps.

I'm so glad you guys are here!

Posted by Angela (Tehachapi, Ca) on 10/28/2011

[YEA]  I have LS my condition has been very severe. I read on this site that someone used Baking Soda in there bath. So since all the other remedies seem to be costly and hardly effective I tried it. Let me tell you IT WORKS. I used 1/2 a box of Baking Soda in the tub and soaked for 30 minutes. I know that sounds like alot of Baking Soda but I was afraid less would not be as effective. After my first soak I did not itch for 3 hours. After 2 weeks I visibly look close to normal. I use 1/2 a box every other day. The itch is still there I am working on my own mix of oils and shea butter to stop the itch and restore myself to 100%. I will write more if my mix works I am still waiting on the supplies.

Replied by Renee
Michigan, US
03/14/2015

[YEA]   three, You can relieve the itch of Lichen Sclerosis in the genital area my applying 99% or 100% pure aloe vera gel. I also use a spray of witch hazel about 8 oz, with three drops of tea tree oil, 5 drops of vitamin E oil, 5 drops of lavender essential oil and a capful of castor oil. I spray that on...let it dry a little or lightly pat it dry if I'm in a rush...and then just apply about 1/8 teaspoon of aloe vera gel. Works very well for me. Heals me, keeps me healed and the aloe vera gel keeps the itch away.

Borax Protocol   1  0   

Posted by Karma01 (Edmonton, Alberta) on 03/31/2015

[YEA]  Hello, I developed Lichen Sclerosus after a bad allergic reaction to latex. After trying the baking soda/acv/castor oil and getting some but not complete relief I tried borax in water, taken internally 2 times a day. It was completely gone within a week.

The dose I used was 1/8 tsp in a large glass of water and followed by another glass of water to ensure it was well diluted. I have been on this solution for almost 2 weeks and have had no further symptoms. I hope others suffering from this ailment will research borax cures.

Good luck all!

Replied by Kay
Va., US
04/03/2015

Did you drink this concoction or insert it?

Castor Oil   1  0   

Posted by Aj (Charlotte, Nc) on 12/24/2014

[YEA]  I was diagnosed with LS at the age of 27 by a dermatologist specialist. I am now 48. I am not sure what caused it as I have had no trauma that would warrant it that I can think of other than an episiotomy at age 18 when my daughter was born. I have always been able to keep it under control with steroid creams clobetasol and OTC 1% cortisone ointment. Been out of clobetasol for 4 years and OTS ointment has not really been helping. In the last 9 months my skin has turned more white and some tearing with sex and itching and burning with my monthly menstrual cycle.

I have been doing so much research on how to heal myself. I tried emu oil with little results, coconut oil mixed with lavender and lemongrass with pretty good results but last week I think I found the best thing ever. I researched and starting using a solution of organic castor oil (4tbsp mixed with 2 drops lavender oil and 1 drop lemongrass oil) I have used it for a little over a week now with wonderful results. It gives instant relief of itching and burning, my tears have healed and my skin is finally starting to turn back pink again. Castor oil is very thick and odorless so it stays with my skin well throughout the day while I am at work or in bed asleep at night.

Sex was great with no tearing or itching burning afterward. I will continue to use this and I hope it helps anyone who reads this suffering with this horrible affliction.

Replied by Janice
Arkansas, US
01/03/2015

AJ - your post is very encouraging and I'm going to try your treatment! I do have a question, though - how often do you apply the castor oil mixture? Daily? More often?

Thank you for sharing this!!!

Replied by D.d.
Somewhere, Louisiana
02/22/2015

How often did you apply the "castor oil, lemon grass lavender" mixture. I'm having a flare up and it's painful. Can't see my Dr.till April...she's booked up. need relief now!
Replied by Michelle
Albuquerque, Nm
04/28/2015

Is the castor oil, lavender and lemongrass still working for you? I just got diagnosed and am frightened. Desperate you might say. Thank you

Chemical Link to LS   0  0   

Posted by Anna (Toogoolawah, Queensland Australia) on 12/05/2010

Asian ladies report that LS is caused through the non washing of new under garments before wearing. I worked in China for 10 years and developed LS whilst there and went to see a doctor (Western man) he had no idea of what it was or how to treat it. I went to a pharmacy and the old gent told me the cause was due to new clothes unwashed first as they were contaminated with all sorts of chemicals. Same applies to chain store(cheap imported clothing) clothing.

I use Neem 100% pure oil after I have soaked in a small bath (baby bath if you can fit lower end in it) in Magnesium Chloride flakes once a week for about 20-30 minutes. 2 table spoons to half a bucket or 5 litres of warm water. Relax and read a book or something. Wont cure it but it brings relief and you wont be using dangerous/harmful drugs.

Replied by Maria
Gippsland, Australia
12/06/2010

It was either last year or early this year there was a report on a TV show (Landline I think) about the amount of formaldehyde that is in imported clothes that are made overseas. 700 times (and no the 700 is not a misprint) the normal level of formaldehyde was found when they tested them. It is used to help prevent creases and prevent insect and rodent damage whilst in storage. So who knows what other chemicals are used as well. I know of many people (myself included) who cannot even touch new clothes or any new material. It used to take 2 or 3 washes before I could use anything new. I used to have my mum or a friend do the 1st wash for me and then we could have it in our laundry. It now takes 7 - 8 washes before I can touch them. This includes soakings in bi-carb soda before washing. The last pkt of knickers have been washed so many times and left out in the rain but I still cannot get them clear. So it looks like the pennies will need to be saved to buy organic underwear.
Replied by Wendy
Canada
05/27/2014

I have had LS for 7 years. I always wash my clothing, etc before wearing them.

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Posted by Victoria (Wichita, Kansas) on 12/06/2010

Has anyone tried Coconut Oil for this condition (LS) ?

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Posted by Linda (Auburn, Ca) on 05/01/2015

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I was diagnosed with Lichen Sclerosis on April 16, 2015 after my OB GYN did a vulvar biopsy. I had been suffering for 20 months with symptoms but the current flare up has been the worst ever. My doctor prescribed the steroid, clobetasol, but I must be allergic to one of the preservatives because my symptoms became even more intense. I have stopped the steroids and I'm searching for some type of relief. What has been very soothing is using organic coconut oil before (used as a barrier) and after going to the bathroom. Two days ago I picked up a homeopathic remedy for shingles at the health food store that has greatly reduced the itching and pain. It did sting when I applied it so I have been diluting it with castor oil.

My question: Has anyone tried UV Light Therapy as a treatment for LS?? I had a horrific eczema outbreak on my legs and after using the UV Light Therapy, it completely sent away and has never returned.

Replied by Rusty
Lansing, Mi
05/08/2015

Hi Linda, May I ask where you had your UV therapy done? Was it at a dermatologists office? Thanks.
Replied by Rusty
Lansing, Mi
05/08/2015

Hi Linda, May I ask where you had your UV therapy done? Was it at a dermatologists office? Thanks.
Replied by Pan
Holland
05/28/2015

I read about a 60 year old woman, here on EarthClinic, who has been healed by UVB light treatment (eximer laser). Her symptoms have been completely reversed. I wish she could tell us who gave her the treatment. And how comes this is not world news?

I will ask (again) for some Dutch doctors here and will let you know. In the meantime I sit in the sun, in lotus... now and then.

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Posted by Ann (Kennesaw, Ga) on 05/18/2013

[YEA]  Have had LS for last six years. Severe pain and itching. Some days could hardly walk. I starting using cold water in a sitz bath every day what a relief. Every time I urinated poured cold water from tap overVJ. Also take evening primrose oil two or three a day. At night open a gel cap of the oil put on VJ. I am 90% better. I have tried everything. Cold Water is working for me.


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