Lichen sclerosus like-en scluh-ro-sus is an uncommon skin condition that causes a distinctive rash, and usually affects the genital skin around the vulva and anus. The full name is lichen sclerosus et atrophicus. It most often looks like white patches on the skin. It can last for years and can cause permanent scarring. While lichen sclerosus can affect females and males of any age, it is most common in females, and it usually occurs before puberty or around menopause. If your child has lichen sclerosus, they should avoid using soap, talcum powder, antiseptics or non-prescription creams.
Going to a Cleveland Clinic location? It causes irritation, skin changes, itching and pain. There is no cure for lichen sclerosus, but treatment can relieve symptoms. Appointments Lichen sclerosus is a disorder that usually affects skin on the vulva the area outside the vagina , anus or penis. It causes the skin to become discolored, thin, irritated and itchy.
The anus is connected to the rectum by the anal canal. The anal canal has two ring-shaped muscles called sphincter muscles that keep the anus closed and prevent stool from leaking out. The anal verge is where the canal connects to the outside skin at the anus. This skin around the anal verge is called the perianal skin previously called the anal margin. The inner lining of the anal canal is the mucosa.
Acanthosis nigricans is a skin condition that causes the skin to become darker and thicker. It most often appears in the skin folds around the neck, groin, and armpits. Other symptoms include itching and an odor. Acanthosis nigricans has links with obesity and diabetes , and treatment involves addressing the underlying disorder. In rare cases, a malignant form of acanthosis nigricans can occur in people who have certain cancers.