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Hello. This is all very new to me and I'd really appreciate some advice from some of you more experienced ladies.
I had never heard of LS until recently. I'd been feeling a bit itchy down below, had a look in the mirror and was horrified to see white patches of skin on my vulva. I immediately started googling, and LS is what came up. I've had the odd bout of low level itching before but assumed it was my shower gel and didn't think much of it, and it never lasted long enough for me to get worried. I do also sometimes get small tears in that area, I have done for years, but, again, didn't really think anything of it. So it all seems to fit with what I've read about LS.
Anyway, I went to see my doctor, and said straight out that I thought it might be LS. She examined me and said she could be 100% sure but she did think it looked likely. She has referred me to a dermatologist and in the meantime has prescribed me betamethasone valerate, which she told me to use for two weeks and then stop.
I've been using the cream for 5 days and it has stopped the itching. But now I'm not sure what to do - should I use the cream exactly as the doctor said, and stop after two weeks? Or should I continue using it? From what I've read you're meant to use it twice a day for at least a month until the symptoms clear up, then drop down to a couple of times a week.
I'm also concerned that the cream might clear up the symptoms and then the dermatologist will think there's nothing wrong.
Obviuosly I don't WANT to have LS, but I want to make sure that if I DO have it, I'm diagnpsed correctly. What can I do to make sure this happens? Should I push for a biopsy? Or just wait and see what the derm says?
I've been so worried and feeling really tearful and down after looking at horrific images on the internet (I know I shouldn't be looking!).
any advice for me?
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