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Lichen (red) plane

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  • 2023-05-21

Lichen planus, also known as lichen ruber planus, is an inflammatory skin condition that mainly affects the skin and mucous membranes. It causes characteristic symptoms and requires appropriate treatment to provide symptom relief and control.

Symptoms of Lichen Planus

  • Itchy rash: Red, itchy bumps or plaques on the skin.
  • White, streaky lines: Lines or streaks that often appear on the inside of the wrists, ankles, or inside the mouth.
  • Sore oral mucosa: sores or white spots in the mouth, tongue or gums.
  • Hair and nail changes: brittle hair, hair loss, thickened or grooved nails.
  • Sensitivity to heat and cold: The affected skin may be sensitive to temperature changes.

It is important to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis if these symptoms occur, as other conditions can cause similar symptoms.

Treatments for Lichen Planus

While there is no specific cure for lichen planus, several treatment options are available to relieve symptoms and reduce inflammation:

  • Topical corticosteroids: Creams or ointments containing corticosteroids can be used to reduce itching and inflammation.
  • Oral corticosteroids: In more severe cases, a doctor may temporarily prescribe oral corticosteroids to reduce inflammation.
  • Immunomodulators: Medications such as tacrolimus or pimecrolimus can be used to regulate the immune system and reduce inflammation.
  • Antihistamines: These may be prescribed to reduce itching and improve sleep.
  • Light therapy: Guided exposure to ultraviolet light can help reduce inflammation and itching.
  • Mouthwashes: For oral lichen planus, rinses containing corticosteroids or other medicated solutions may be used.

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