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How can I treat vulvar lichen planus?

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Administration Specialist

Diagnosis is made by the characteristic appearance and by biopsy. Treatment involves ultra potent steroid ointments. The disease, like lichen sclerosus, is managed, not cured.

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Treatment for vulvar lichen planus is not always necessary because the symptoms of the condition, including an itchy, red rash, may often clear up on their own. In some cases vulvar lichen planus is thought to be a reaction to certain medications, so your doctor may recommend stopping the medication to remedy the condition. Your doctor may also suggest treatment with a topical or oral corticosteroid, or may prescribe antihistamines. Some cases can be painful and interfere with normal activities; a dermatologist may wish to treat it with PUVA therapy (a form of light therapy), retinoic acid or topical drugs used to treat eczema.

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