Sometimes they occur without genital problems. Financial support and sponsorship Nil. Women with lichen sclerosus in other areas of the body often have it on the vulva as well. Psychological counseling is very much needed in patients of VLS. Moisturizers and estrogens help in dryness and atrophy. Tasker GL, Wojnarowska F. With time, the plugs and dells will disappear and leave a smooth, porcelain-white plaque.
MGUS monoclonal gammopathy of unknown significance is a non-cancerous condition that causes an abnormal protein in the blood. The dose and frequency of applying the ointment need to be gradually reduced. Lichen sclerosus is usually a lifelong condition. The causes of LS and LP are unknown. What does lichen sclerosus look like? However, lichen sclerosus can look a bit like vitiligo though this has a normal skin texture and lichen planus which is more purple.
Lichen sclerosus can occur in either sex and at any site, but is more common in women, in whom the vulva is the most common site. LS is not uncommon in India and present as an itchy vulvar dermatosis which a gynecologist may mistake for candidal vulvovaginitis. Topical avocado and soybean extracts Borghi et al. There is no curative treatment for LS. If no author information is provided, the source is cited instead. Lichen sclerosus is a skin disorder that causes small areas of skin to become thin and discolored so that white patches develop.
When the foreskin of a male is affected, a doctor may suggest a circumcision. Treating the inflammation with the topical steroid ointment may also make sex easier as the skin is less likely to split if it is not inflamed. Since lichen sclerosus is not caused by an infection, it cannot be spread and is not contagious. Sign in Log in with your Medical News Today account to create or edit your custom homepage, catch-up on your opinions notifications and set your newsletter preferences. It not only affects the QoL but may also lead to sexual dysfunction and avoidance of sexual intimacy.