Lichen Sclerosus is a long-term problem of the skin that mostly affects the genital and perianal areas and most commonly seen in post-menopausal women. It is uncommon but possible in men and children.
Symptoms of Lichen Sclerosus include small white, shiny, smooth spots on the skin that grow into bigger plaques that become thin and crinkled. The skin may tear easily, and bright red or purple bruises are common. There may also be itching, bleeding, and blisters.
Lichen Sclerosus is not contagious and may be the result of an overactive immune system and hormone problems.
Symptoms may include:
- Itching (pruritus), which can be severe
- Discomfort, which is generally greater if lichen sclerosus appears on or around your genital or anal areas
- Smooth white spots on your skin that may grow into blotchy, wrinkled patches
- Easy bruising or tearing
- In severe cases, bleeding, blistering or ulcerated lesions
- Painful intercourse