• Lichen Planus Definition

  • Lichen Planus is a chronic inflammatory skin condition which affects both cutaneous and mucous membrane causing chronic recurrent rashes which are usually flat, purplish, rough, scaly or bumpy.
  • It is one of the most common mucosal disorders. It has no known cause; but immune factors are believed to trigger it.
  • Lichen Planus is not contagious; it does not spread from one person to another. Once lesions start to develop, they may take months to fully develop and spread.
    lichen planus definition
  • Lichen Planus can affect any area of skin; however it affects skin of extremities more frequently. Skin lesions are mostly seen on wrist, forearm, and ankle. It can also affect mucous membrane of oral cavity, genitalia, nails, and scalp. It can affect the appearance of your finger and toe nails. Lichen Planus is not a cancer. It is not a dangerous condition.
  • Lichen Planus can affect both mucous and cutaneous surfaces. In cutaneous, it affects skin, scalp, & nails. And in mucous, it affects genitalia, inner lining of mouth, food pipe, eyes
  • Lichen Planus is also associated with few immune mediated diseases like ulcerative colitis, vitiligo, myasthenia gravis, and alopecia areata . It is also associated strongly with Hepatitis C infection. Stress also plays a major role in its progress & maintenance.
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