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Were you looking for information about Lichen Sclerosus? Lichen sclerosis is a common misspelling of lichen sclerosus.
Lichen sclerosus is an inflammatory skin condition that tends to affect women more than men. Doctors can diagnose advanced cases by looking at the skin; a biopsy is required to diagnose early or mild cases of the disease. Symptoms vary, but itching is a common complaint. The treatment for lichen sclerosus depends on the severity and what areas are affected.
Women with severe lichen sclerosus may not be able to have sexual intercourse because of either the pain or the scarring that narrows the entrance to the vagina. However, treatment with a very strong corticosteroid ointment or cream can help restore normal sexual functioning. If severe scarring has already narrowed the vaginal opening, however, surgery may be needed to correct the problem, but only after the disease has been controlled.
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