Lichen Sclerosus: Overview

What is lichen sclerosus?

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.

What causes lichen sclerosus?

The cause of lichen scleroses in is unknown.

Who gets lichen sclerosus?

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.

Lichen sclerosus:

  • is not contagious
  • does not spread from one person to another
  • is not a sexually transmitted disease
  • is not caused by poor hygiene

Helpful resources:

Download this information on lichen sclerosus en Español (pdf).

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