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dr said they have no clue what it is, Help me please

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 9, 2007
  • 07:03 PM

I went to the gyno today and they found a greying patch of skin on my labia. They said don't lose sleep over this, but how can I think about anything else. I never knew it was there, but I think it just started. It doesn't hurt, it doesn't itch. I have no clue if it is a rash, or something worse. I have another appointment scheduled to have it biopsied, but I can't wait that long. If anyone has had this before or knows where I can find information, please help me!

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  • Here are a couple of suggestions that might help, and even calm you down... The skin around the external genitalia can become thickened fromhormonal changes and chronic irritation. The labia and surroundingskin may darken or lighten, depending on the specific problem andfactors such as scratching and hygiene. Such changes rarely lead tocancer but can cause itching, vaginal soreness, and pain during sex.Thickened areas can also cause the labia or vaginal opening toshrink.”http://www.healthinaging.org/agingintheknow/chapters_ch_trial.asp?ch=49#externalLichen sclerosus, the most common type of vulvar skin disorder, ischaracterized by white, shiny patches of parchment-like skin on andaround the labia. The patches sometimes extend to the area around theanus. The cause is unknown.Lichen sclerosus sometimes causes intense itching. However, some womenhave no symptoms, some have only vague discomfort of the vulva, andstill others have discomfort that progressively worsens. The patchesof skin affected by lichen sclerosus can bleed easily when scratchedor rubbed, making sexual intercourse uncomfortable. Without treatment,the disorder can cause scarring and fusing of the labia, making sexualintercourse impossible. Lichen sclerosus can also cause deep cracksaround the anus, resulting in painful bowel movements and bleeding.Skin changes caused by lichen sclerosus may increase the risk ofvulvar cancer.”http://www.merck.com/pubs/mmanual_ha/sec3/ch58/ch58d.html
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 9, 2007
    • 10:07 PM
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  • Thank you for the reply. I read over everything you posted, but I noticed the first site is for older women, I am only 25. Maybe it's nothing, but who knows, my luck is always like that.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 10, 2007
    • 00:19 AM
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  • Its true that this often occurs in elderly people, but it is also seen in younger people with hormone inscufficiency. Good Luck Kiera
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 7, 2007
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