How to use Dermovate when a flare occurs?

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Hoping that somebody is able to help with this. I have vulvar lichen planus and was discharged from the dermatologist's care a month ago as all the inflammation had cleared. For the past year I have been using Dermovate daily for a month, then twice a week for a month - and repeat! She did say that the lichen planus may well come back. Now, one month later the horrid itching has returned, and a small area is very slightly pink.

The dermatologist told me to use the Dermovate if I had another flare, but I'm not sure exactly how to use it.  If I get a flare, should I use the Dermovate for a week and then leave it to see what happens? Has anyone been faced with the same confusion?  I'd appreciate any advice.

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    I would go back to doctor for advice as steroids should be used sparingly as they thin the skin considering its already thin in that area ! Hope it clears up soon good luck. I had it for nine months but touch wood it's cleared up now xxx

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    I’d advise the same as Mary pooh & maybe get back in touch with dermatologist. I’ll just say one thing, I had the same thing & my dermatologist prescribed the Dermovate ointment rather then the cream. It does stay on better. 

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    Thank you Gabriella and Mary.  I spoke to one of the dermatology nurses at the hospital and she advised me to use the Dermovate for about a week, then see if things had improved.  It's important to have a break from it and I'm already doing that, so feel much happier.  I understand about the potency of steroids, Mary, but it seems as though Dermovate is the only treatment that works for Lichen Planus and it's important to keep it under control.  Pleased that your LP has gone - that's good.  My dermatologist told me that eventually it burns itself out - but it can take up to 5 years - so here's hoping!  I've had it for 3 years now, but it has only been treated for 1 year as the GPs found it a mystery, which is why I asked for a referral to dermatology.  I'm using the Dermovate ointment, Gabriella, thank you for that.

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    I have had vulvar LP for more than 10 years.  After many different meds, my doctor started me on Elidel cream. It has been a miracle for me.  I started out 2X day, and now in a maintenance plan of 1X week.  I see a gyn specialist that only treats problems of the vulva and surrounding areas.  I am in the Washington DC area. If anyone is interested I can send his name. He is wonderful. I remember my first visit, crying in his office. He told me he would find out what my problem was and then he would work with me to get rid of it. It’s been lots of years, but he kept his promise ( many different therapies tried) and now I see him once a year.
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