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i consulted a dermatologist for an infection in my left leg. she says it is linear lichen planus. what is this exactly?

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Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 42 years experience
Skin: Lichen planus is a chronic mucocutaneous disease that affects the skin, tongue, and oral mucosa. The disease presents itself in the form of papules. Lesions, or rashes. Lichen planus does not involve lichens, the fungus/algae symbionts that often grow on tree trunks; the name refers to the dry and undulating, "lichen-like" appearance of affected skin.
Dr. William Jakavick
Cosmetic Dentistry 37 years experience
Linear LP: Lichen planus a chronic mucocutaneous disease that affects the skin, tongue, and oral mucosa. Also linear forms on rest of body rarely face. The disease presents itself in the form of papules, [1] lesions, or rashes. Lichen planus does not involve lichens, the fungus/algae symbionts that often grow on tree trunks; the name refers to the dry and undulating, "lichen-like" appearance of affected skin.

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