What does lichen sclerosus look like on the skin?

The lesions caused by lichen sclerosus usually begin as small, pinkish or whitish bumps. Over time, they become patchy, wrinkly and white, often resembling tissue paper. These patches tend to be itchy and painful. Because the affected skin is delicate, even light itching may cause bleeding.

What does early lichen sclerosus look like?

Key points about lichen sclerosus It causes your affected skin to become thin, white, and wrinkly. It is due to inflammation and other skin changes in the affected area. Common symptoms include itching, irritation, and pain during sex. Most people with will need long-term treatment to manage their symptoms.

What does cancerous lichen sclerosus look like?

Typical lesions of lichen sclerosus are porcelain-white papules and plaques, often seen in conjunction with areas of ecchymosis or purpura. The skin typically appears whitened, thinned and crinkling (‘cigarette paper’ in appearance).

What is lichen sclerosus mistaken for?

Lichen sclerosus is often mistaken for thrush so see your doctor if you are often itchy in the vulvar or anal area. There are treatments that can help you successfully manage the symptoms.

Does Vaseline help lichen sclerosus?

These self-care tips may help, whether you are undergoing treatment or not: Apply lubricant (petroleum jelly, A and D ointment, Aquaphor) to the affected area. Gently wash the affected area daily and pat dry. Avoid harsh soaps and bathing too much.

Is there an over the counter treatment for lichen sclerosus?

Over-the-counter antihistamine skin creams may help with the pain and itching. A sitz bath also can help with pain, itching, and scratching. This is where you sit in a few inches of warm water.

What over the counter cream is good for lichen sclerosus?

Drugs used to treat Lichen Sclerosus

Drug name Rating Rx/OTC
View information about Synalar Synalar 10 Rx/OTC
Generic name: fluocinolone topical Drug class: topical steroids For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects For professionals: Prescribing Information
View information about Dermovate Dermovate 10 Rx