is an inflammatory condition characterized by itchy, flat-topped purplish bumps, which usually affects the skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes.
The symptoms of lichen planus vary depending on the areas affected. Typical symptoms include:
- Purplish, flat-topped bumps;
- Blisters that may break to form scabs or crusts.
Lichen planus is caused by mistaken attacks from immune system to cells of the skin and mucous membrane. but the root causes are still not known. In some instances, certain factors may trigger lichen planus, such as:
- Hepatitis C infection;
- Flu vaccine;
- Long-term exposures to Certain pigments, chemicals and metals;
- Certain medications for heart disease, high blood pressure or arthritis.
Doctor will make a diagnosis based on your symptoms, your medical history, a physical examination and, if necessary, the results of lab tests. These tests may include biopsy, hepatitis C test and allergy tests.
Medications and other treatments are used to relieve symptoms, including:
Light therapy and Retinoids
- Immune response medicines;
will be used for treatments too if your condition doesn't respond to medications.
If have any further questions, please go to see a doctor for professional help.
Key words: lichen planus; biopsy; hepatitis C test; allergy tests.