What do you need to know about lichen sclerosus?

Key points about lichen sclerosus. Lichen sclerosus is a long-term skin condition that mostly affects the genital and anal areas. It causes your affected skin to become thin, white, and wrinkly. It is due to inflammation and other skin changes in the affected area. Common symptoms include itching, irritation, and pain during sex.

Which is the best steroid for lichen sclerosus?

Topical steroids are the main treatment for lichen sclerosus. An ultrapotent topical steroid is often prescribed, eg clobetasol propionate 0.05%. A potent topical steroid, eg mometasone furoate 0.1% ointment, may also be used in mild disease or when symptoms are controlled.

Can a person with lichen sclerosus have a circumcision?

Removal of the foreskin (circumcision) in men is a common treatment in cases resistant to other therapies or more-advanced cases. Surgery in the genital or anal area generally isn’t recommended for women with lichen sclerosus because the condition may just come back after surgery.

Can a person get lichen sclerosus from sex?

Lichen sclerosus isn’t contagious and cannot be spread through sexual intercourse. Lichen sclerosus often occurs in postmenopausal women, but also in men and children. In women, lichen sclerosus usually involves the vulva.

What kind of cream to use for lichen sclerosus?

Corticosteroid ointments or creams are commonly prescribed for lichen sclerosus. Initially, you’ll generally have to use cortisone creams or ointments on the affected skin daily.

Is there an autoimmune registry for lichen sclerosus?

The Autoimmune Registry supports research for Lichen sclerosus by collecting information about patients with this and other autoimmune diseases. You can join the registry to share your information with researchers and receive updates about participating in new research studies. Learn more about registries.

What does lichen simplex chronicus mean in medical terms?

Lichen simplex chronicus represents skin changes around the vulva that are related to chronic irritation. It is characterized by thick plaques of skin that are usually red and itchy. Endogenous and exogenous dermatitis is an inflammatory skin condition. It can present as an itchy red rash.