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About a year ago I was diagnosed with lichen sclerosus. I had quite large white patches on my vagina and a thickening of my clitoris lip. I was crazily itchy from my early 20s onwards (particularly that lip) and my skin on my genitals was always breaking. I thought it was thrush and was constantly having vinegar added to my bath or tea tree oil drops added to the bath most days to relieve the itch. Every night my vagina would itch, It became a normal way of life for me and I slept with my legs apart.
When I was diagnosed I was told I would have the condition for life and that I would need to apply strong cortisol cream intensely then intermittently for the rest of my life. I am currently 37. Before I was diagnosed I used to have a lot of sugar in my diet in the form of choclate, lollies, sweet milk drinks and a crazy amount of fruit each day. After I was diagnosed I cut right down on sugar, no more lollies and chocolate, no more massive amounts of fruit etc..I haven't felt itchy since. The doctor says my vagina now looks pink and healthy and if she didn't know I had the sclerosus she now wouln't be able to tell. The disease seems to have completely disappeared. Anyone looking at causes and treatment for this condition needs to know how important a role diet can play. I feel 100 percent that my sugar levels created this condition through somehow causing havoc with normal internal balances. I didn't use the strong cortisol creams that people who have this condition are prescribed. I believe my immune system went slowly crazy for some reason related to diet and that diet is an important factor in treating and preventing this and probably other auto immune diseases. I really want this information to be explored or passed on to others suffering the same. It is difficult to pass the information on, doctors just seem to want to prescribe things rather than looking at a holistic approach. What I am advocating is not ground-breaking just eating a balanced diet, cutting down on sugar. So far my experiences have fallen on deaf ears. It worries me what else diet may be playing havoc with in in our systems. The expression that 'food is medicine' has rang very true for me.
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