Lichen planus is an inflammatory skin condition, characterized by an itchy, non-infectious rash on the arms and legs.
It consists of small, many-sided, flat-topped, pink or purple bumps that develop over several weeks. In the mouth, vagina and other areas covered by a mucous membrane, lichen planus forms lacy white patches, sometimes with painful sores.
The signs and symptoms of lichen planus vary depending on the areas affected. Typical signs and symptoms include;
- Purplish, flat bumps, most often on the inner forearm, wrist or ankle, and sometimes the genitals.
- Blisters that break to form scabs or crusts
- Lacy white patches in the mouth or on the lips or tongue
- Painful sores in the mouth or vagina
- Hair loss
- Change in scalp color
- Nail damage or loss
Treating Lichen Planus
For mild causes of lichen planus, which usually clear up in weeks or months, may not need any treatment. If the symptoms are uncomfortable or severe, the doctor will prescribe medication.
There is no cure for lichen planus, but medication that treats the symptoms are helpful and some may even be able to target a possible underlying cause. Medications often prescribed include:
- Retinoids, which are related to vitamin A and are taken topically or orally
- Corticosteroids reduce inflammation and can be topical, oral, or given as an injection
- Antihistamines reduce inflammation and may be particularly helpful if the rash is triggered by an allergen
- Nonsteroidal creams are applied topically and can suppress the immune system and help clear up the rash
- Light therapy treats lichen planus with ultraviolet light
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