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Lichen scleroses (LS) is a skin condition that causes the thinning of the outside layer of the skin in the vulvar area. It may also affect the skin in the area surrounding the rectum.
The cause of lichen scleroses in is unknown.
This condition can affect males and females of any age, but it is most commonly seen in girls before the onset of puberty, or in older women during menopause.
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The symptoms of lichen sclerosus are varied but may include:
Although there is no single test used to diagnose lichen sclerosus, doctors at Children’s Hospital Colorado may diagnose the condition after obtaining a detailed history and performing a physical exam.
An internal or pelvic exam is not necessary for this diagnosis.
Lichen sclerosus can be treated with good skin care and prescription cream.
Contact our Adolescent Gynecology department anytime if you have questions or the health issue gets worse.
At Children’s Colorado, we provide expert care for the diagnosis, treatment and management of health issues of the female reproductive organs in children and teens.
Our board-certified pediatric and adolescent gynecologists have specialized training in the reproductive health concerns of girls of all ages. And depending on your child/teen’s needs and treatment plan, we provide both outpatient and inpatient surgical services.
Doctors at Children’s Colorado understand that health concerns involving the reproductive organs can be stressful, which is why we’re sensitive to the mental and emotional needs of our patients and their families. By creating a friendly environment for dialogue, we encourage patients to ask questions and talk openly with their care team.