Vulva and vagina lichen sclerosis

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It most often affects the skin around the vulva or anus. It can be itchy, painful and cause permanent scarring. Lichen sclerosus affects around one in 80 women. It can happen at any age, but is most common in middle-aged and elderly women. For most women it is a lifelong condition. Skin affected by lichen sclerosus can also scar and join up with nearby skin.

Lichen Sclerosus

Lichen sclerosus - NHS

DermNet provides Google Translate, a free machine translation service. Note that this may not provide an exact translation in all languages. Updated January Lichen sclerosus is a common chronic skin disorder that most often affects genital and perianal areas. Older names for lichen sclerosus LS include lichen sclerosus et atrophicus, kraurosis vulvae in women and balanitis xerotica obliterans in males. Lichen sclerosus can start at any age, although it is most often diagnosed in women over Pre-pubertal children can also be affected.

Lichen sclerosus

Lichen sclerosus LIE-kun skluh-ROW-sus is an uncommon condition that creates patchy, white skin that appears thinner than normal. It usually affects the genital and anal areas. Your doctor can suggest treatment with creams or ointments that help return a more normal appearance to your skin and decrease the tendency for scarring. The condition does tend to recur, so long-term follow-up care may be needed. Rarely, lichen sclerosus improves without treatment.
Vulvar lichen sclerosus VLS is a chronic inflammatory dermatosis characterized by ivory-white plaques or patches with glistening surface commonly affecting the vulva and anus. Common symptoms are irritation, soreness, dyspareunia, dysuria, and urinary or fecal incontinence. Anogenital lichen sclerosus LS is characterized by porcelain-white atrophic plaques, which may become confluent extending around the vulval and perianal skin in a figure of eight configuration. Thinning and shrinkage of the genital area make coitus, urination, and defecation painful. LS is not uncommon in India and present as an itchy vulvar dermatosis which a gynecologist may mistake for candidal vulvovaginitis.