Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you have signs and symptoms common to lichen sclerosus, make an appointment with your primary care doctor. Your doctor may refer you to a specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions (dermatologist).

Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.

What you can do

Before your appointment make a list of:

  • Your symptoms and how long you've had them.
  • Your key medical information, such as other conditions with which you've been diagnosed and any prescription or over-the-counter medications you're using, including vitamins and supplements.
  • Questions to ask your doctor.

Some basic questions to ask your doctor about possible lichen sclerosus include:

  • What’s the most likely cause of my symptoms?
  • What treatment approach do you recommend, if any?
  • If the first treatment doesn't work, what will you recommend next?
  • How much do you expect my symptoms will improve with treatment — and how soon?
  • Will I need treatment for this condition for the rest of my life?
  • What self-care steps can I follow to ease my symptoms?
  • What can I do to help prevent a recurrence?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:

  • How severe is your discomfort?
  • Have you noticed any bleeding?
  • Do your symptoms include pain with urination or bowel movements?
  • Do your symptoms include pain with sexual intercourse?
  • Have you had any previous injuries to the affected area?
  • What steps have you taken to treat this condition yourself?
  • Have you had prescription treatments for this condition?
  • Have you been diagnosed with any other medical conditions?
Sept. 03, 2015