what diet to follow for lichen sclerosus?

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Hello everyone,

I would like to start to follow and diet which can reduce my current flare up and any future issues with ls but my problem is that I am nearly underweight and I have heard that a lot of these diets make you lose weight.

Does anyone have any suitable suggestions for a diet that will not make you lose any or too much weight?

Thank you.

Also, my gyno refuses to do a biopsy to make sure that it is lichen sclerosus so I self diagnosed it myself sort of. I am also applying betnovate at the moment and I am wondering how long it takes for this to work?

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    If I was you I would ask for second opinion, especially if you are seeing signs and symptoms of LS!
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      There are white plaques and I have told him that they are spreading but he seems to be adament on believing that it's due to some kind of irritation or allergic reaction. 
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    Hi soso

    Where do you have LS I seem to think sugar aggravates it and dairy.

    Have you ever had an abnormal smear test only some hydrocortisone creme can activate hpv, but definitely eliminate sugar

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    Hiya

    Cut out dairy, wheat/gluten and sugar including natural sugar.  There are plenty of dairy free/gluten free options in supermarkets so you shouldn't lose weight at all.  Good luck! X

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      Hi soso 

      thought you you would be interested to know - I went to see my doctor today who is a specialist in LS/vulvar problems. I told her that I don't use the steroid cream anymore (or anything topically) and have just changed my diet (no sugar/dairy/gluten) and she was very pleased that my LS has gone completely into remission. She said there is a link with autoimmune diseases and food and I should just carry on doing what I am doing and discharged me completely. I don't even need to go for an annual check up! If you google dairy and sugar you will see that they are both hugely inflammatory to the body. Give it a go - you have nothing to loose. I think it took probably 3-4 weeks before I saw a difference. I do think we are all different tho and have LS for different reasons and you have to try different things to see what works for you. I really hope you find out what will help you very soon so you can control it and not the other way round!!! XXX

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      Whole fruit and vegetables are extremely important to keep in the diet. 

      I am fine with the natural sugars found in fruit and I am a diabetic.

      The enemy foods are processed ones and cakes and biscuits etc.

      Real food is what our bodies crave. 

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      Same here Kathleen, real foods.  Leave all the processed out.  It's the added sugar, the gluten, alcohol and caffeine I have to leave out as well.  Limited dairy.  

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    Hi just to say I have self diagnosed whilst I wait for a consultants appointment and have started treatment as well. This would interfere with the bipsy results but as I heard that they do not always do a biopsy but see if it responds to treatment of Betnovate. So that is what I am doing and it does seem to be more comfortable after a couple of weeks.

    I thought about diet but I do not want to lose weight either. I tend to eat healthily anyway and have always avoided strict elimination diets because it is so difficult to be sure of the results. I may look into it further though and see if there is any science behind it. Lots of useful info on the management of it in other forums.

     

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      I am using betnovate, which my gyno has prescribed but it looks like it is making things worse. The plaques are getting bigger and I did tell him so but he keeps telling me to continue using it. 
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