Lichen Sclerosus | Overview


What is lichen sclerosus?

Lichen sclerosus (say: “like-en skler-oh-sus”) is a skin condition that can cause itching, a rash and scarring. It usually affects the genital and anal areas, but you can also get lichen sclerosus on other parts of your body.

If you are a woman who has lichen sclerosus, you may also develop lichen simplex chronicus (say: “like-en sim-pleks krah-neh-kus”). Lichen simplex chronicus occurs when the skin in and around the vulva (the outside part of the vagina) gets thicker from constant itching and scratching.

Who gets lichen sclerosus?

Lichen sclerosus is more common in women after menopause. However, anyone can develop lichen sclerosus, including men and children.

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Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 10/09