Lichen Sclerosus

Lichen Sclerosus

Lichen Sclerosus is a skin condition. It is more common in menopausal women but can occur at any age. It is a condition where white patches of skin that appear thinner than normal occur on external genitals and at times the labia minora disappears completely and becomes fused.

Women with Lichen sclerosis experience

  • skin changes
  • itchiness
  • pain
  • discomfort
  • tearing, bleeding
  • painful sex

Lichen sclerosis patches can occur on other parts of the body and not only genitals.

the exact cause is unknown, possibles causes are

  • an overactive immune system
  • hormonal imbalance
  • previous skin damage

Lichen Sclerosis is not contagious.

Lichen sclerosus is commonly underdiagnosed and it is important to see a doctor if you have any symptoms.

  • with physical examination
  • and a biopsy
  • Removal of a small piece of affected tissue under local anaesthesia for examination under a microscope
  • looking after skin in general – avoiding soap, and using gentle moisturizers and barrier
  • corticosteroid creams / ointments (dermovate)
  • protopic ointment
  • vaseline / petroleum jelly

If the traditional treatment does not produce the desired results we can use new treatments such as laser therapy to treat lichen sclerosus.
It is associated with cancer and it is important to see a doctor every 6 months for the skin assessment.