Lichen Planus is a rash that can develop on the skin, tongue, scalp, and oral mucosa. The typical rash of lichen planus has been described as the “5Ps”: pruritic, planar, purple, polygonal papules. The rash is common around the wrist and ankles and persists for weeks, often turning blue-black or dark brown in discolored patched on the skin.
The eruption may appear as papules, pruritic bumps, blisters, or rarely as erosive sores particularly in mucous membrane areas. The nails may be affected with ridging or grooves on the nails, with splitting or thinning or even loss of nails. The scalp may be affected with redness, irritation, and patchy hair loss or even scarring.
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Lichen planus is most common in middle-aged adults. More women get lichen planus in their mouths than men. Lichen planus is believed to be an autoimmune disease. Some cases of lichen planus can be a complication of hepatitis C virus infection.
Various medications are used to treat lichen planus including oral and topical steroids, retinoids, tacrolimus ointment, antihistamines, and PUVA. Many cases of Lichen Planus resolve within two years. Dr. Green can prescribe lightening agents or laser therapy for the dark spots that sometimes remain after treatment.
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