Does this look like Lichen Sclerosus !?!?

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I have Hashimoto's and hypothyroidism.

Does this look like lichen sclerosus !? I'm freaking out. I don't itch or anything it doesn't hurt but why does my labia look skin colored and redness around it looks like you can see my veins

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    Hello Megan, I am a Male who has been dealing with LS for nearly 8 years now and I regularly respond on this Forum - your message popped up when I was dealing with a Male specific issue. Anyway:

    If you are already dealing with Hashimoto's and hypothyroidism hopefully you will be in contact with some useful Specialists anyway.

    I an wondering whether you have seen a Specialist yet for this genital skin issue that you are concerned about? The best Specialist to see would be one that has in-depth knowledge of genital skin disorders - many of whom are referred to as Vulval Skin Specialists - if you have a good working relationship with your Regular / Family Doctor / GP ask them to refer you to a Vulval Skin Disorders Specialist.

    You can also self-refer - do an online search using terms similar to - Vulval Skin Specialist - then the region of the country in which you live. If you live in the UK, you can ask to be referred to any such NHS specialist no matter what location of the country they are based, obviously, you need to be prepared to travel ...

    Good luck - you really need to best specialists to be dealing with this as you are already dealing with the impact of one autoimmune disorder .....

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    hi Megan, if i am honest it looks normal to me. there doesnt appear to be any white patches associated with LS. Darkening of genital skin is common and normal with aging. i think if there any any changes to your genital skin then you should have a check up with your GP and if no joy there then see a dermatologist. but like i said it looks normal, only you know what looks normal for you though xx

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    Hi Megan

    The darker edge you see is post inflammation sometimes due to skin being inflamed or just due to aging. I had it pre L S and have it now due to inflammation. I wouldnt worry it doesnt look like L S pale or shiney if worried see your gp the more you look, the more you google the more you will convince yourself, you look healthy to me. The vein is probably because you are a thinner weight, Im guessing. I have those on my chest and legs as Im only slim, dont worry.

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    it looks normal to me but if you dont think it does for you maybe see a gp. Maybe you had fungal at some point in your life there and its cleared it doesnt look inflamed, no ulceration, no blisters just darker colour which I had years ago before L S just through aging. Try not to worry it doesnt look red it looks normal colour not white or pale or anything. I have redness, ulceration, shiney and white but dermovate has got it back to pink. x

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