Hyperplasia of the vulvar squamous epithelium occurs when there is chronic rubbing or scratching. Hyperplasia refers to an increase in the number of cells.
Scratching for a prolonged period of time can result in squamous cell hyperplasia, which can lead to lichen simplex chronicus.
Rubbing for a prolonged period of time can result in hyperplasia of the vulva squamous epithelium, which can manifest as lichen simplex chronicus.
Lichen simplex chronicus is a benign condition, meaning it is not cancerous or malignant. There is also no risk of it progressing to squamous cell carcinoma.
Lichen simplex chronicus has no risk of progression to squamous cell carcinoma.
The chronic scratching and/or rubbing of the squamous epithelium leads to a leather-like appearance of the skin, described as lichenification.
The lichenification and thickening of the skin in lichen simplex chronicus lead to pruritus or itchiness.
Corticosteroids are used to treat lichen simplex chronicus. The purpose of this is to reduce the itchiness brought on by lichenification.
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