Pediatric Lichen Sclerosus (LS) is a skin condition that affects the vulva and/or peri-anal area. An estimated 10 to 15 percent of cases occur in young girls. Most cases occur in the postmenopausal years.
The cause in young girls is unknown, but genetics, hormonal changes, or an overactive immune system may play a role. The condition is not contagious.
Some girls with lichen sclerosus have no symptoms. Others may experience mild to severe symptoms including:
To diagnose lichen sclerosus, you daughter’s doctor may perform:
The cause is unknown, but genetics, hormonal changes, or an overactive immune system may play a role. LS is not contagious.
If your daughter is diagnosed with lichen sclerosus, even without symptoms, she should be treated to prevent scarring of the vulva, which can lead to problems with urination.
Her doctor may recommend:
Regular check-ups are important so symptoms can be treated early.
The cause is unknown, but genetics, hormonal changes, or an overactive immune system may play a role.
Her doctor may prescribe topical medications to relieve itching and inflammation. The doctor will also recommend she avoid irritants like tight clothing and harsh soaps.
It can recur, so it’s important that your daughter gets regular check-ups for timely treatment and reduced scarring. Lichen sclerosis often resolves by puberty, and there is a good chance she will not need treatment beyond that stage.