lichen sclerosus

Treat Lichen Sclerosus Naturally

Considered an autoimmune condition, lichen sclerosis causes the skin to become white, patched and itchy. Over time it thins the skin which can lead to tearing and infections. It may clear up and then return during periods of stress or illness and is not curable. Treatment is aimed at alleviating the symptoms. It is more common in women than in man, and most common in menopausal or postmenopausal women.

 

How do I know if I have Lichen Sclerosus?

  • Small white spots
  • Itching
  • Soreness
  • Spots may join to form plaques
  • Skin thins and wrinkles
  • Inflammation
  • Rawness
  • Splits and cracks in the skin

 

How do I prevent Lichen Sclerosus?

Doctors aren’t quite sure what causes lichen planus so there is no way to prevent it.

 

How can I treat Lichen Sclerosus?

  • Comfrey can be used to help heal wounds because of its tissue healing benefits.
  • Calendula helps to fight infections while healing the skin.
  • Red clover helps to heal patches while fighting inflammation.
  • Witch Hazel cleans without drying and is antibacterial.
  • Plantain can help to calm itch.
  • Avoid harsh, scented soaps as they can dry the skin and cause additional irritation.
  • Wear cotton underwear that are loose fitting and breathe well.
  • You can try spreading raw honey on an outbreak to help control infection and speed healing.
  • Use a sit bath of epsom salts to help soothe and heal the skin. Don’t do this too often however.
  • Emu or coconut oil can be used as a friendly and safe lubricant.
  • Vasoline should be applied to the area before urinating to protect any cracks.
  • Oatmeal bathes help to soothe and calm the skin.
  • Ice packs can help bring down swelling.
This entry was posted in Home Remedies, Skin Conditions and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *