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Lichen Planus

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Here’s another daily tip from your friendly local dermatologist!

So lichen planus is a disorder that is relatively common, I see it fairly often in the dermatology clinic, and it is usually a disorder that we don’t really know what it’s associated with. So it could be viral induced, could be environmental induced, we don’t really know. But we do know that it tends to burn out over a couple of years and then you don’t have it anymore. A lichen planus usually happens in specific areas of the body like the wrist or inside of your mouth or in other areas and they tend to be somewhat flat, kind of purplish in color and they tend to be fairly itchy. They’re itchy because there’s a aggregate or a bunch of immune cells underneath there and we don’t really know why they’re there, but because there’s a bunch of immune cells there we can treat it with anti immune therapy. Oftentimes that is local topical steroids. Sometimes we inject the area with steroids. We have lots of different treatments that we can use for lichen planus Most of the time we can get this fairly under control during the time period in which your body burns out of it naturally, but it is important to talk to your local dermatologist so that we can one, make the diagnosis, two, determine if there’s any laboratory tests or biopsies that are needed and three, talk about your treatment so that you can be comfortable in your skin.

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