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Pityriasis Lichenoides

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Video Transcript

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

So Pityriasis Lichenoides is a very rare disorder that affects about one in 2,000 individuals. Usually in the adolescent to young adult range. Now we don’t really know what causes it but we do think it is tied to different viral infections. What usually happens is you get little oval spots that turn into blisters and then pustules which are white filled bumps and then they heal and scab over and then they go away. Now these oval to blisters to bumps to healing; that usually happens over the course of a couple of weeks and you can get successive crops of these that pop up so you’ll get a crop and then another crop and then another crop so it’s possible to have all the different forms of this disease at the same time. So you can have some little spots. You have some little blisters in other areas and you get the idea. Now this disease can be from very benign to in the hospital concerning, and we’ll list all of those on the side and I get you they’re ridiculous names. Now you need to talk to your local dermatologist when you have these successive crops of unknown bumps or blisters or pustules and then the healing that happens afterwards, because we have to make the right diagnosis, and while if it is this diagnosis oftentimes blood work does not help us, we oftentimes still order it to make sure nothing else is going on. The treatment for it is fairly complex because nothing really works great for this disorder but your local dermatologist can talk to you about all the different options that are out there and determine if you need to go to the hospital or if this is the vast majority of cases that can be handled outside of the hospital. Please have a conversation with us so that we can help you become comfortable in your skin.

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