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What causes lichen sclerosus?

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Doctors don’t know why some people get lichen sclerosus.

They think it may be due to genes, hormones, an infection, or some combination of these things. Another theory is that your immune system attacks your skin. It may even be caused by an old skin injury.

From: What is Lichen Sclerosus? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology: “Diagnosis and Treatment of Lichen Sclerosus, An Update.”

National Institutes of Health National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, “What is Lichen Sclerosus?”

GARD: Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center, National Institutes of Health, “Lichen Sclerosus.”

American Cancer Society, “What are the risk factors for vulvar cancer?”

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions, “Lichen Sclerosus.”

American Academy of Family Physicians, FamilyDoctor.org, “Lichen Sclerosus.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on September 05, 2018

SOURCES:

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology: “Diagnosis and Treatment of Lichen Sclerosus, An Update.”

National Institutes of Health National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, “What is Lichen Sclerosus?”

GARD: Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center, National Institutes of Health, “Lichen Sclerosus.”

American Cancer Society, “What are the risk factors for vulvar cancer?”

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions, “Lichen Sclerosus.”

American Academy of Family Physicians, FamilyDoctor.org, “Lichen Sclerosus.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on September 05, 2018

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