Lichen Sclerosus (cont.)
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Can people with lichen sclerosus have sex?
Women with severe lichen sclerosus in the genitals may not be able to have sex. The disease can cause scars that narrow the vagina. Also, sex can hurt and cause the patches to bleed. However, treatment with creams or ointments can help. Women with severe scarring in the vagina may need surgery, but only after lichen sclerosus is controlled with medication.
Is lichen sclerosus related to cancer?
Lichen sclerosus does not cause skin cancer. However, skin that is scarred by lichen sclerosus is more likely to develop skin cancer. If you have the disease, see the doctor every 6 to 12 months. The doctor can look at and treat any changes in the skin.
What kind of doctor treats lichen sclerosus?
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For more information about lichen sclerosus and other related conditions:
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
Last Editorial Review: 6/1/2009
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