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Lichen Sclerosus

Lichen sclerosus is a skin disorder affecting the genital and anal areas and is commonly seen in postmenopausal women. It often occurs due to genetic causes and hormonal changes. This condition presents with smooth, shiny white patches on the skin, making the skin thin, wrinkled, itchy, and bruised. It is diagnosed by doing a biopsy and physical examination. Topical corticosteroid ointments are used over the affected region in the skin.

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I have black patches on my penis tip. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a black patch on my penis tip and no other issues. I thought it is normal and will go in some time, but it does not. Please provide some solution.  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do not worry. I will help you with your concern. Such black patches could be due to multiple causes like warts, moles, and many more. I need to see this patch to make a definitive diagnosis so I can suggest your treatment accordingly. Please revert with a photo. Do n...  Read Full »

I have lichen sclerosus with dark spots around the clitoris. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have lichen sclerosus and some dark spots around my clitoris. I have noticed they have progressed, and I am concerned about vulval cancer. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Mavani Jimesh Himatbhai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and nothing looks abnormal. If you have itching only, then you can use candid cream (Clotrimazole) locally. It will be more helpful if you have a fungal infection. Drink more water as the uri...  Read Full »

I have a large, white patch on my cervix. Is it a cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a large visible white patch on my cervix. Unfortunately, I did not do a pap smear for nearly eight years. But, when I did a few months ago, the results showed HPV. My doctor asked me to wait for a year and check. Tissue around the vulva is drier and more painful (2 to 3 years po...  Read Full »

Dr. Obinna Ugwuoke

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Based on the description provided by you, the whitish patch could be caused by candidiasis. But for your age, it is most likely lichen sclerosis. Lichen sclerosis skin is shiny and may cause some itching and discomfort. For this, a to...  Read Full »

A spot appeared on my penis. What is it?

Query: Hello doctor,A spot appeared on the skin of my penis. Seven months later, this stain spread and my skin began to become more sensitive. Then I used a cream with corticoid (Lotrimin) and it got worse because now my skin has shrunk and lost elasticity. What should I do? Is the corticosteroid effect re...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have noted your concern and I have viewed the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I think you have a condition known as genital LSeA (lichen sclerosis et atrophicus). LSeA is characterized by atrophy which manifests as tightening of the prepuce a...  Read Full »

I am experiencing pigmentation in my private parts. What is it?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been experiencing some pigmentation in my private area. They consist of scattered hypopigmented macules and one patch as well. All of them are located in the private area, but the pigmentations are not uniform. One is on the glans, others are on the shaft, and there is one patch ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello,Welcome to have reviewed the details and the image (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) provided by your end, and I understand your concern. The issue you are experiencing is most likely lichen sclerosis. These are white patches that may be slightly thicker and...  Read Full »

I have lichen sclerosus. Did it spread to my partner?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been diagnosed with lichen sclerosus around my vulva a few months ago through biopsy. I am regularly using Dermol 500 lotion instead of soap to wash the area and applying Dermovate cream. However, I have developed a cut in the skin at the back of my vagina, which is not healing now...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have thoroughly gone through your case and can well understand your genuine health concerns. Thanks for taking time to upload latest pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) of the lesions on both partner's genitalia.  Read Full »

The skin on my penis is very dry that white rashes appears on washing. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I was diagnosed with balanitis. I had itching and the tip of my penis was reddish, which was not going despite trying so many home remedies. He had prescribed an antifungal capsule which is to be consumed twice a week (one capsule each time) and one week is already over. Also given an an...  Read Full »

Dr. Raja Ramesh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. This seems to be Recurrent balanitis (recurrent inflammation of the glans penis). It is usually common among diabetics. But since sugar levels are normal as you say, this might be due to persistent infection or reinfection. Now regar...  Read Full »

How to treat white, raised patches on my penis which is there for seven months?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a confidential problem. I have had a white, raised patch on the backside of my penis for seven months. I have tried Clobetasol Propionate 0.05 %, but it did not help.  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. It looks like you have lichen sclerosus, which is a chronic inflammatory condition of skin seen in both genders. It presents as glistening white patches on the skin over the genitals and is sometimes associated with redness and tightness of...  Read Full »

What is the reason for tightness and discoloration in the penis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have tightness in my penis, along with some discoloration on the penis head. I get wound sometimes. Also, I do not have the habit of masturbation, but there is some difference when I tried to check the changes. And the shape and size vary all the time.  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From the history, it seems you have developed lichen sclerosis et atrophicus. In this condition, discoloration and tightness occur. Since when do you have this issue? Is it spreading? I need to see the discoloration so that I can assess. Please revert with a photo s...  Read Full »

I have a white spot on the foreskin of my penis that is growing in size and becoming whiter. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a white spot on the foreskin of my penis for two years that is growing in size and becoming whiter. It is occasionally itchy, and the skin feels thin. However, there are no lesions, warts, redness, or irritation. I read online that it could be lichen sclerosus or vitiligo. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer Sameer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. It is lichen sclerosus, an autoimmune condition that requires treatment. Initially, it is treated with a potent topical steroid. I suggest you apply Clobetasol Propionate 0.05 % ointment twice daily for 12 weeks. (Consult a specialist doct...  Read Full »

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