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Lichen planus

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Lichen planus

  1. 1. Lichen Planus
  2. 2. Symptoms  Bumps. Sometimes the bumps and patches itch. Thick patches are most likely to itch.  Often causes bumps that are shiny, firm, and reddish purple
  3. 3.  Blisters. These are rare.  Pain, especially on the genitals. The skin can be bright red and raw. Open sores can appear. These can make sex painful or impossible.
  4. 4. Diagnosis  Looking at your skin, nails, and mouth.  To make sure that you have lichen planus, a dermatologist may remove a bit of skin.  This skin will be examined under a microscope to make sure. Your dermatologist may call this a biopsy.  Sometimes, you may need blood tests to rule out other diseases.
  5. 5. Causes One theory is that lichen planus is an autoimmune disease.  This means the person’s immune system reacts as though the skin and other parts of the body are foreign.  When this happens, the body starts to attack itself.
  6. 6.  There may be a link between lichen planus and infection with the hepatitis C virus. Many people with hepatitis C also have lichen planus  What causes most cases of lichen planus remains unclear. Its is not known to spread by any means from host to host
  7. 7. Treatments  There is no cure for lichen planus. It often goes away on its own. If symptoms are bothersome, treatment often brings relief and may speed healing.  Pills. Pills can be prescribed to relieve itching  Topical corticosteroid . Cream or ointment to reduce swelling and redness  PUVA therapy: A type of light treatment that can help clear the skin. Typically used on more extreme cases
  8. 8. Bibliography  Staff, Mayo Clinic. "Definition." Online article. Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 22 Feb. 2013. Web. 30 Sept. 2013.  Lichen-Planus-4. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web.  LichenPlanus2_image. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web.  Planus,lichen5_image.Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web.  Staff, AAD. "Definition." Online article. AAD- dermatology-a-to-z. Research, 14 Nov. 2010. Web. 30 Sept. 2013.

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