Lichen planus is a skin condition that can affect people of all genders and ages on many areas of the body. The bumps can appear anywhere from the wrists and ankles to the tongue or genitals. For those that have lichen planus outbreaks that are uncomfortable or unattractive, there are dermatology treatment options available. Dr. Katherine Chiang at Precision Medical Specialists is a top dermatologist in the West Palm Beach area that offers lichen planus treatment.
Causes and Symptoms of Lichen Planus
Lichen planus usually appear as small, firm bumps on the skin. These bumps can be red or purplish and some bumps may have white lines. A few bumps may appear near each other or in different areas; some people may have larger patches of lichen planus. If bumps appear over and over in the same place, patches of rough skin may occur. Some bumps may itch, especially ones that form scaly, rough skin. The most common places for lichen planus are on the skin (cutaneous lichen planus), mouth (oral lichen planus), oral cavity (oral lichen planus), genitalia (penile or vulvar lichen planus) and scalp (lichen planopilaris).
The cause of lichen planus is not known, and anyone can contract this skin condition, though it is more common in adults. The condition may be an autoimmune reaction, where the body seems to attack itself and cause the resulting bumps on the skin. There are rare forms of lichen planus that can be genetic, but most cases do not run within families. Those with metal dental fillings or with hepatitis C may be at higher risk for lichen planus. Also, some medications might be a trigger for lichen planus.
Lichen planus treatment is not always needed. If you have lichen planus that is causing discomfort or cosmetic concerns, there are treatments that Dr. Chiang can recommend. Some possible options can be using antihistamines, corticosteroids (topical, oral or injections), retinoids, light therapy or other topical medications. If the lichen planus leaves behind brown spots after the bumps have diminished, laser therapy can fade these spots if desired.
If you have symptoms of lichen planus and want to explore treatment options, contact us at Precision Medical Specialists. We offer lichen planus treatment at our medical center in Wellington, Florida.