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Lichen sclerosus Picture

Lichen sclerosus (LIKE-in skler-O-sus) is a skin disorder that can affect men, women, or children, but is most common in women. It usually occurs on the vulva (the outer genitalia or sex organ) in women, but sometimes develops on the head of the penis in men. Occasionally, lichen sclerosus is seen on other parts of the body, especially the upper body, breasts, and upper arms.

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This picture of lichen sclerosus shows the shinny skin disfiguration.

 

What Causes Lichen Sclerosus?

The exact cause of lichen sclerosus is unknown Even though it is most often found on the genitals it is not a sexually transmitted disease. Some doctors think a too active immune system and hormone problems may play a role. It is also thought that people inherit the likelihood of getting the disease. Sometimes, lichen sclerosus appears on skin that has been damaged or scarred from some other previous injury.

 

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