Lichen Planus

What is Lichen Planus?

Lichen planus is an itchy rash that is often purple with white streaks on the surface. It develops on the skin on one or several parts of the body. However,  the oral mucosa, hair, and nails may also be affected.  It can even change the way a person’s fingernails or toenails look. This condition is not contagious, nor is it a type of cancer. The etiology is uncertain but some medications and infections are associated with this disorder.

Causes and Treatment

While anyone can develop lichen planus, it is more common in middle-aged adults. The exact cause is unknown, but is believed to be an autoimmune condition in where the body reacts as if the skin and other parts of the body are foreign, thus resulting in the body attacking itself. Multiple treatment options are available for the rash and its resultant discoloration.

 

If you suffer from lichen planus, make an appointment with us today to begin a treatment plan. 

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