Lichen Sclerosus - Symptoms, Causes & Treatment of Lichen Sclerosus

Lichen Sclerosus

Lichen sclerosus (LS) is defined as vulvar skin that appears white in color and is thinner than normal. Although it can affect any part of the body, it is more commonly found on the skin of the vulva, foreskin or around the anal area. This vulvar condition can be found in any age group but it is most commonly found in the postmenopausal woman. It can cause severe symptoms. Treatment is typically warranted and without it, many women can suffer severe consequences. Sometimes the skin can return to the normal coloration and aggressive treatment may decrease risk of formation of scaring and firm fibrotic tissues.

The exact cause of lichen sclerosus is not fully understood; however it is not an infectious disease and woman have not caught this disease from a sexual partner. Some recent evidence may link lichen sclerosus to an over active immune system. Hormone problems may also play a role. There is also emerging support that genetics may also plan an important role in getting the disease. In other cases, previous scaring and injury may have played a role. 



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