What is the Diagnosis of Lichen Sclerosus?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Aug 20, 2014

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  • Lichen sclerosus makes the skin thinner.
  • White patches appear on the skin.
  • Diagnosis can be done by physical examination.
  • A sample tissue may be tested under microscope.

What is Lichen Sclerosus?

Lichen sclerosus is a rare disease that leads to patchy, white skin and the skin that is gets thinner than usual. The condition may affect any part of the body but it mostly involves skin of the vulva, foreskin of the penis, or the skin around anus.

Any person can suffer from the condition but postmenopausal women are at a higher risk. If the condition is not treated on time, it may give birth to other complications.

At times the condition may improve on its own and you may not need any treatment but, if the condition worsens a medical attention is required. The doctor would give you options to make your skin return to its normal appearance and to decrease the tendency of scarring.

Lichen Sclerosus Diagnosis

What are the Symptoms of Lichen Sclerosus?

The condition can affect any part of the body and the symptoms are not seen in many case. But, when they occur, it includes the following symptoms:

  • Severe itching
  • Discomfort which usually occurs when lichen sclerosus affects the genital or anal areas
  • Smooth white spots on the skin that may further grow into blotchy, wrinkled patches
  • Easy bruising and tearing
  • Pain during intercourse
  • In severe cases, bleeding, blistering or ulcerated lesions

Lichen Sclerosus Diagnosis


Diagnosis of Lichen Sclerosus

A health care provider may diagnose lichen sclerosus based on the following:

  • A physical examination
  • Removal of a small piece of affected tissue for examination under a microscope

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