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
- Intense itching, burning, and pain around external genitalia (vulva or penis) and the area around the anus (perianal region).
- Minor abrasions or chaffing can cause bleeding, tearing, and blistering around the external genitalia and anal regions
- Difficulties with urination and defecation
- Constipation in Children
- Narrowing of the opening of the urerthra, vagina and anus
- Phimosis (inability to retract the foreskin) in men
- In men, the opening at the end of the foreskin may become narrow and scarred
- 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
- Systemic steroids
- Systemic immunosuppressive therapy