Dermovate - what regime for maintenance?

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I don't have lichen sclerosis, but vulval lichen planus and have found this forum to be so helpful when I was struggling to find a diagnosis.

I saw the dermatologist a month ago and was discharged from the hospital.  The inflammation has all gone, I was to stop using the Dermovate and was told to examine myself every two weeks.  If necessary, I was to use the Dermovate again and also use an emollient every day.  The dermatologist did say it may well come back once I stop using the Dermovate.

So, now, four weeks later I'm beginning to feel a little uncomfortable and itchy again.  I'm quite happy to use the Dermovate again, if necessary, but wonder what sort of regime others are on as a maintenance.  Prior to being discharged, I was using the Dermovate twice a week.  I don't want to use too much, but, at the same time, don't want to get in the situation I was before I asked to see the dermatologist.  I'd appreciate any advice.

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    Hi, I think I would try get another cream to use which is not quite as strong, like Eumovate , the other steroid creams do their job when necessary but I personally dont think its good to use that kind of cream too often.
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    Thank you Guppy and Ann.  I was just wondering the same thing, whether I ought to see my GP and change to a weaker steroid if I'm going to be using it long-term.  I've not heard of Eumovate, only Betnovate,, so thank you for that.

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    Hi Cheetah, as the other responses you have suggest, probably your best way forward is to find that right strength of steroid to suit your condition, and then find the correct frequency of applying it.  I am a male with LS and have no choice to use Dermovate, permanently.  I can probably get away with applying it every 3 or 4 days usually.  Having looked up LP on here, it is suggesting your condition may eventually go away altogether ..

    So find the ointment strength V's frequency of application balance, but I would suggest do not stop using it altogether.  Whatever frequency of application you try, and then keep to, always apply it thoroughly to get the best of out of each dose of the active ingredient.  Good Luck  ...

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