Lichen Sclerosis – 8 Specific Symptoms and signs and Treatment

What is Lichen Sclerosis

Lichen sclerosus is a type of skin disease. This condition is a chronic inflammatory disease. The disorder most commonly affects women either before puberty or may be after menopause.

Rarely, Lichen sclerosus has been reported in men.

Symptoms of Lichen Sclerosis

  1. Intense itching, burning, and pain around external genitalia (vulva or penis) and the area around the anus (perianal region).
  2. Minor abrasions or chaffing can cause bleeding, tearing, and blistering around the external genitalia and anal regions
  3. Difficulties with urination and defecation
  4. Constipation in Children
  5. Narrowing of the opening of the urerthra, vagina and anus
  6. Phimosis (inability to retract the foreskin) in men
  7. In men, the opening at the end of the foreskin may become narrow and scarred
  8. Rarely, skin lesions develop around the mouth. These lesions are flat, bluish-white irregular patchy areas inside the cheeks and palate, tongue, lips, and gums

Treatment of Lichen Sclerosis

  • The first line treatment are Potent topical corticosteroids
  • Phototherapy
  • Systemic steroids
  • Systemic immunosuppressive therapy
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