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Lichen Sclerosus


Lichen sclerosus

is a skin condition that most often affects the vulva, penis, or skin around the anus. Lichen sclerosus occurs most often in females. The cause of lichen sclerosus may not be known.

Common symptoms include the following:

You may not have any symptoms, or you may have any of the following:

  • Pain, itching, or burning
  • Areas of skin that are thin, wrinkled, and white
  • Blisters
  • Bleeding, bruises, or tears on affected skin

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your symptoms do not get better with treatment.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Treatment and management:

You do not need treatment if you do not have any symptoms. Your healthcare provider may recommend a steroid cream or ointment. Your provider may also recommend a topical medicine that prevents your immune system from attacking your skin. If you are female, your healthcare provider may recommend that you do not take bubble baths, or use scented soaps and scented detergents. This may help decrease irritation of the vulva. Rarely, adults may need surgery to repair scarring that can occur over time.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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