Lichen sclerosus causes itchy white patches on the vagina, penis or bottom (anus).
Symptoms of lichen sclerosus include itchy white patches around the genitals or anus that may bleed if scratched.
There's no cure for lichen sclerosus, but you can ease symptoms with prescription steroid cream.
It’s not clear what causes lichen sclerosus. It's not contagious or caused by poor hygiene.
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