*Lichen sclerosus facts
*Lichen sclerosus facts author: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
What is lichen sclerosus?
Lichen sclerosus is a long-term problem of the skin. It mostly affects the genital and perianal areas. Sometimes, lichen sclerosus appears on the upper body, breasts, and upper arms.
Who gets lichen sclerosus?
Lichen sclerosus appears in:
What are the symptoms?
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Early in the disease, small white spots appear on the skin. The spots are usually shiny and smooth. Later, the spots grow into bigger plaques. The skin on the plaques becomes thin and crinkled. Then, the skin may tear easily, and bright red or purple bruises are common. Sometimes, the skin becomes scarred. If the disease is a mild case, there may be no symptoms.
Other symptoms are:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/31/2014
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