What is it?

Lichen planus is a longstanding inflammatory condition that affects mainly the skin, mucous membranes, hair and nails. At present the cause is unknown; however, it is believed to be an autoimmune disorder, wherein the immune system attacks healthy cells.

What are the symptoms?

Lichen planus symptoms varies as to what area is affected; however, it can be the following:

  • Skin bumps described as pinkish to purplish and flat over the arms, legs and genitals.
  • Itchy rash.
  • Mouth sores.
  • Vaginal sores.
  • Hair loss.
  • Damage to the nail which can also manifest as nail bed discoloration.
  • Nail loss.
  • Darkening or redness of the skin.

What to expect?

Things you can do yourself in addition to treatment by your doctor:

  • Try not to scratch the skin lesions.
  • Some patients find that using a cooling compress on the skin relieves symptoms.

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