"Lichen Planus Symptoms and Causes

Lichen planus causes

Lichen Planus is an inflammatory condition of the skin and mucous membranes associated with stress or prescription medications.

Incidence: Common
○ More than 200,000 US cases per year - about 1.5-2% of the population.
○ Treatable by a medical professional
○ Requires a medical diagnosis
○ Lab tests or imaging rarely required
○ Medium-term: resolves within months

Lichen planus occurs when the immune system attacks cells of the skin or mucous membranes. On skin, lichen planus appears as purplish, itchy, flat-topped shiny bumps. On mucous membranes, such as in the mouth, it forms lacy white patches, sometimes with painful sores. Lichen planus usually goes away on its own over time. If symptoms are bothersome, topical creams and oral antihistamines may help.

Cause of lichen planus: The cause of lichen planus is from Hepatitis C, reactions to certain medicines, including some drugs used to treat high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and malaria. Reactions to metal fillings in your teeth has also been known to be a factor.

What does a lichen planus look like?

Lichen Planus requires a medical diagnosis: On skin, lichen planus appears as purplish, itchy, flat-topped bumps. On mucous membranes, such as in the mouth, it forms lacy white patches, sometimes with painful sores.

Lichen planus symptoms
Lichen planus treatments
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Treating Lichen Planus:

Self-care treatment for lichen planus: We currently do not recommend any self-care treatments for Mole Identification and Removal.

Our Clinical Treatment for Lichen Planus:

If symptoms are bothersome, topical creams and oral antihistamines may help but being seen by a board-certified dermatologist is highly recommended for proper diagnosis and treatment. Typical treatment requires prescribed steroids, Immunosuppressive drugs, and/or an Antihistamine. Sometimes phototherapy is recommended and of course, if a causal medication is identified it will need to be stopped. [ Learn More }

IF YOU REQUIRE SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT, A CLINICAL APPOINTMENT IS RECOMMENDED

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