I have had LS for about 2 years. Applying apple cider vinegar locally provided a little relief, but not much. Lately, I tried two remedies that I found helpful, but aloe vera proved to be both a more effective and much easier to use.
I started doing sitz baths in water + bicarbonate of soda (baking soda). I basically put a laundry basket in my bathtub, added a few tablespoons of baking soda and just enough water to cover the affected part, and sat in it once a day for about 5 minutes. I must have looked like an idiot, but there was no one there to see it. :) It did relieve much of the itching.
Later I tried fresh aloe vera. It also relieved the itching, but felt milder and was less time consuming. Now I am using a gel I purchased from iherb that is 100% aloe vera. It's much easier to use since I don't have to cut up the fresh aloe each time. It also seems to be more effective - maybe because I'm putting it on more regularly.
So far it's not a cure, but does make the condition much, much more manageable.
(Vero Beach, FL)
You can relieve the itch of Lichen Sclerosis in the genital area by 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.
Hello ladies! I am 34 years old and have been diagnosed with lichen sclerosus after visiting 3 dermatologists, 5 ginecologists and 7 patologies to read my biopsy (having 2 disputed diagnoses).. I have white patches on my vulva and sclerosus on my clit. I also have white patches on the inner side ot my cheeks, but they are not yet confirmed. Have any of you been diagnosed with lichen on both in the mouth and the vulva?
I have started applying 99% aloe vera creem twice a day on my genital area, I went on a no gluten and no sugar diet and I also take homeopathy. With these 3 I hardly have itching (stress is definately a trigger), one of the white patches is done, but my clit is still in pain, while having sex.
Have any of you treated the atrophy successfully and with what? I plan to take castor oil and start vitamin B, D and A.
Thank you for all the good advices given on this portal. In my country the treatment is with steroid creams or surgery :( I am really sorry to read so many women are suffering from this disease and I hope you all fine your best treatment!
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.
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.
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.
(Eagle Lake, On, Canada)
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
(L.a., Ca Usa)
ACV on a damp cotton swab, dab onto vagina labial and pat dry then apply a mix of baking soda with coconut oil, relieved the itch and burning sensation. Cheap and effective. I stopped the estrogen cream as I suspect this occurred shortly after I started. I don't want to start the steroid cream, as it causes more problems. Also quit smoking 6 days now along with gluten and caffeine and cut back 90%of my sugar intake. Eating more greens, astragalus, oregano and mint and no processed food. Will check in after my next gyno appointment in Aug.
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!!!
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!!!! :))
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
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.
(The Woods Of, Wv, Usa)
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.
Healing Lichen Sclerosis:
1/2 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup 21 mule team borax in my bath water every other day works for me.
I combined coconut oil and baking soda into a paste, immediate relief of burning and itching.
(Grand Prairie, TX)