Discussing how steroids affect lichen sclerosus patients with Dr. Jill Krapf

Discussing how steroids affect lichen sclerosus patients with Dr. Jill Krapf

Join me in the second part of this conversation with Dr. Jill Krapf, LS specialist; researcher; author; and educator, about her research review, "Topical Corticosteroids in the Treatment of Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus: A Review of Pharmacokinetics and Recommended Dosing Frequencies." When evaluating treatments for lichen sclerosis, one must consider all variables involved for optimal application. In this review article, the authors explore the science of the skin and the effects of inflammation, as well as the absorption of the medication. However, with limited research guiding us, the answer remains scattered and uncertain, leaving us with more questions than answers. In this episode, you will be able to: Discover the effectiveness of topical steroid treatments in managing Lichen Sclerosis. Understand skin absorption concerns and dosages when using steroid treatments. Uncover truths about the myths surrounding the long-term side effects of steroid use. Grasp the significance of adhering to proper steroid application…
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Lichen Sclerosus Treatment Series Part 2: Steroids

Lichen Sclerosus Treatment Series Part 2: Steroids

Introduction Treatment is a fundamental piece of getting your symptoms under control and getting into remission. However, many doctors do not discuss treatment options with us, let alone how to use our treatment, and what the benefits and risks are. Therefore, I decided to start a treatment series on the blog where I go through different treatment options, what the science says about them, what the risks and benefits are, etc. This series starts with the gold standard for LS treatment; steroids. In my last post, I dicussed what lichen sclerosus is, why steroids are the gold standard treatment, what version is best, how often you should use them, and the best practice for the application. Read that post here. In today’s post, I review different side effects that *may* accompany steroid use and what you can do if they happen to you.  *This post is evidence-based; I draw on…
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How to Apply Topical Steroid Treatment for Lichen Sclerosus Correctly

How to Apply Topical Steroid Treatment for Lichen Sclerosus Correctly

If you’ve been diagnosed with Lichen Sclerosus, there’s a good chance you’ve been given a prescription for a steroids. That’s because high-potency topical corticosteroids are the gold standard treatment for Lichen Sclerosus. Unfortunately, the prescription doesn’t usually come with an explanation of what it does or how to use it. This leads to a lot of confusion, questions, and misconceptions about the safety and effectiveness of steroids for LS.  That’s where my guest, Dr. Jill Krapf, comes in! Dr. Krapf is a researcher and Lichen Sclerosus specialist who works with The Centers for Vulvovaginal Disorders in Tampa, FL. She’s an invaluable resource for those living with LS and helps them understand the condition and treatment. In this blog, we talk about how topical steroids help treat Lichen Sclerosus and how to use them properly. Why are topical steroids used as a treatment for Lichen Sclerosus? Before we talk about how…
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