Lichen sclerosus (LIE-kun skluh-ROW-sus) is an uncommon condition that creates patchy, white skin that’s thinner than normal. Lichen sclerosus can affect skin anywhere on your body. But it most often involves skin of the vulva, foreskin of the penis or skin around the anus. The condition creates white patchy skin that is thiner than normal.
Anyone can get lichen sclerosus but postmenopausal women have a high risk.
Sometimes lichen sclerosus improves on its own, and you won’t need any treatment. If you do need treatment, your Gynaecologist can suggest options to return a more normal appearance to your skin and decrease the tendency for scarring.
Sometimes, mild cases of lichen sclerosus cause no noticeable signs or symptoms.
When they do occur, lichen sclerosus symptoms may include:
- Itching (pruritus), which can be severe
- Discomfort or pain
- Smooth white spots on your skin
- Blotchy, wrinkled patches
- Easy bruising or tearing
- In severe cases, bleeding, blistering or ulcerated lesions
- Painful intercourse
If you’ve already been diagnosed with lichen sclerosus, see your Gynaecologist / Doctor every six to 12 months to be checked for any skin changes or treatment side effects.
Lichen Sclerosus Treatment & Management
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