Lichen Sclerosus Symptoms - Signs & Symptoms of Lichen Sclerosus

Lichen Sclerosus symptoms

Lichen sclerosus on your vulvar area can lead to troublesome symptoms. Often woman can complain of severe burning, tenderness, itchiness, discomfort and painful intercourse, or dyspareunia. According to an article in the European Journal of Dermatology, women with a mild case may not even be symptomatic at all.

The majority is however, and the skin may appear patchy white, tear easily and in some cases may bleed or appear ripped or torn. The skin may be waxy in texture. At the start of the disease, lichen sclerosus may appear as small irregular shaped whitish patches that are on the vulva. It can be anywhere on the vulva including the perineum and clitoris. Several areas may join together and then the skin may appear flattened and wrinkled. Some clinicians describe the crinkled and wrinkled skin as “cigarette paper-like.”

As a result of the disease, the clitoris may become completely covered and buried. The labia may shrink in size. The vaginal opening can become smaller and painful to the slightest touch which can cause pain on insertion or painful intercourse.

There is a 3-6% risk of developing vulvar squamous carcinoma, so it is important for those who have been diagnosed with lichen sclerosus to have annual follow up evaluations by a vulvar specialist. A vulvoscopy may be warranted to examine the vulvar tissues.



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