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How to Treat and Manage a Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus Flare

How to Treat and Manage a Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus Flare


For today’s video, we are going to discuss how to treat a vulvar lichen sclerosus (VLS) flare, according to Dihn et al. (2016). I also highlight what I (Jaclyn) do when I'm in a flare and what others in the VLS community have found helpful.

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0:00 – Introduction

2:12 – How to treat vulvar lichen sclerosus when you are in a flare

9:18 – Caveat on vulvar lichen sclerosus flare treatment with non-steroid forms of treatment

10:19 – Other ways to manage symptoms during vulvar lichen sclerosus flare

17:25 – More tips for managing symptoms during a vulvar lichen sclerosus flare

19:48 – Summary and outro

Conclusion for How to Treat and Manage Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus

In sum, flares can be awful and distressing. If you're experiencing one, you are not alone. In this post, we shared how to treat when your in a flare and when you need to consult with your doctor. We also provided different adjunct therapies and add-ons that can help manage symptoms during a flare.

Share what helps you manage your symptoms in a flare in the comments below.

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Dinh H, Purcell SM, Chung C, Zaenglein AL. Pediatric Lichen Sclerosus: A Review of the Literature and Management Recommendations. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2016 Sep;9(9):49-54. Epub 2016 Sep 1. PMID: 27878062; PMCID: PMC5110329.


  • Cathy

    Great job on this very important topic. I am going to recommend it to my providers for they and their patients to watch.

    I do use Lidocaine Jelly during flares or when I have pain or discomfort. It really can stop the pain cycle! Prescription Lidocaine Jelly in the US on many RX plans can be expensive. However Dr. Erin Foster found a way around that. She prescribes 100 ml bottle of Lidocaine Hydrochloride Oral Topical Solution, 2% .

    • Jaclyn Lanthier

      Hi, Cathy. Thanks so much for your kind word and for sharing this very helpful tip from Dr. Foster – super helpful for USA-based folks <#

  • Kimberly

    Hello:-) During a non-flare time do you recommend using the FemmeSense Balm 1x daily (or more?) as a barrier to protect the area as well as using it during flare times? Thank you!

    • Jaclyn Lanthier

      Everyone is different, so I can only say that for me, in remission I use FemmeSense balm or coconut oil 2-5 x per day, depending on how active I am, how dry I am, etc. I haven’t flared in ages, so I would play it by ear based on my symptoms, and potentially increase more when using the bathroom.

  • Kimberly

    Hello! Do you recommend keeping something like FemmeSense Balm on the area 1x a day (or more?) during non flare times to keep the area protected as well as using it during flare times? Thank you!

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