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Dr. John Ebner
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Lichen Planus (Overview)

A skin rash that is triggered by the immune system. It can be treated by using topical and oral medications to reduce symptoms, or by using drugs that suppress the immune system.


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For how long does lichen planus last?

For how long does lichen planus last?

See below: Lichen planus is a disease of the skin and/ormucous membranes that resembles lichen. It is thought to be the result of an autoimmune process with an unknown trigger. In the mouth it can cause redness and swelling, peeling of the gums and cheeks painful sores. Without treatment, most lesions will spontaneously resolve within 6–12 months. ...Read more

Dr. John Ebner
149 Doctors shared insights

Lichen Planus (Overview)

A skin rash that is triggered by the immune system. It can be treated by using topical and oral medications to reduce symptoms, or by using drugs that suppress the immune system.


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What is the chance that alopecia is caused by lichen planus? What are the usual symptoms?

What is the chance that alopecia is caused by lichen planus? What are the usual symptoms?

Both have same cause: Both alopecia and lichen planus are thought to be an autoimmune disorder. One does not cause the other. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about lichen planus?

Ok: It is an autoimmune disease that causes the body's immune system to attack cells in the mucus membranes of the mouth and other parts of the GI system. It is usually treated with steroids and diagnosed with examination, history, and a biopsy. ...Read more

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In what way can you get a doctor to diagnosis vaginal lichen planus?

Exam: You would need to have an exam and then biopsy of the tissue. ...Read more

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How to diagnose lichen planus in my buccul cavity?

How to diagnose lichen planus in my buccul cavity?

White web: The presentation of lichen planus in the mouth is rather distinctive. In the buccal mucosa (inner aspect of the cheek) the classic presentation is a white web-like pattern. ...Read more

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Lichen planus since 10 months. Dark. Brown spots all over body no itching. Negative hepatitis test. Biopsy test = ashy's dermotosis treatment?

Lichen planus since 10 months. Dark. Brown spots all over body no itching. Negative hepatitis test. Biopsy test = ashy's dermotosis treatment?

Consult MD: Since lichen planus is not cureable and your md has treated it as a dermatosis I would follow his/her advise and treat it as they indicate it should be treated. Sometimes it can go away on its own and is not contagious. Go on living your life and listen and treat like md recommends. Good luck. ...Read more

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I want to know what lichen planus is?

I want to know what lichen planus is?

A good question: Lp is thought to be an immune system mediated response. To what is not yet known for sure. The end result being the typical itchy, purplish papules that are the classic clinical findings. There are also a number of different types of lp. So seeing a dermatologist would help you with the exact diagnosis. ...Read more

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Could toprolxl cause lichen planus?

Could toprolxl cause lichen planus?

Lichen Planus: Lichen planus will wax and wane. It is a chronic rash of unknown cause with no cure, may be itchy and poorly understood by medicine. It can be managed with medication both topical and oral. It may resolve on its own. Wish I could help more; see your dermatologist to manage this disease. ...Read more

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In what way can I treat lichen planus?

See below: Lichen planus (LP) is a disease of the skin and/ormucous membranes that resembles lichen.. Treatment usually involves topical corticosteroids (such as betamethasone, clobetasol, dexamethasone, and triamcinolone) and analgesics, or if these are ineffective and the condition is severe, the systemic corticosteroids may be used. ...Read more

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Following a biobsy I was treated for lichen planus. Should I risk new prescription lamictal tablets, what to do?

Following a biobsy I was treated for lichen planus. Should I risk new prescription lamictal tablets, what to do?

New medications: Ultimately that is your decision. If I were in your place I would research it as much as possible and discuss the risks vs. Potential benefits with at least two if not three specialists (dermatologists). Personally, I prefer others to take risks and do the wait and watch game. ...Read more

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Anything new on treating oral lichen planus?

New treatments?: Most of lichen planus is non-symptomatic and doesn't need to be treated. If you have painful erosive lichen planus it is usually treated with steroids or anti-inflammatories. Unfortunately, these just treat the symptoms not the disease. Lichen planus is an auto-immune disorder and currently most medical professionals do not have effective tools to treat this problem short of corticosteroids. ...Read more

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Are there alternative treatments to lichen planus in my mouth?

Maybe: Most people with oral lichen planus don't need yo do anything because there are usually no symptoms. There is no cure and if it is severe enough for you to have symptoms then you will need either topical or systemic steroids depending on the severity. I am unaware of any alternative treatments for this condition. ...Read more

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How do I cure lichen planus?

How do I cure lichen planus?

Flagyl: If this is lichen planus you need to be tested for associated problem as hepatitis c. I have good experience with oral flagul which needs to be used foe several months to flatten the lesions and lighten the residual color. The mechanism of action is unknown. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of lichen planus? I suffered with skin blemishes on the lower body during school and it was gone for almost 10 yrs and it is back now

How do I get rid of lichen planus? I suffered with skin blemishes on the lower body during school and it was gone for almost 10 yrs and it is back now

Metronidazole: Metronidazole is an oral medication which works for lichen planus. The discoloration however may require time and cream to fade even after the lesions flatten. ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which drug are the most common causes of lichen planus?

Cause: Lp is associated with people who are more likely to have hep c. It is associated with drugs containing gold, bismuth, arsenic, quinidine; the actual cause is unknown and there is no cure. ...Read more

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I'm 27 years old and I have oral lichen planus. What is the risk that its will beacome a cancer someday in my life? The lifetime risk not the annually

I'm 27 years old and I have oral lichen planus. What is the risk that its will beacome a cancer someday in my life? The lifetime risk not the annually

Low, but be vigilant: Oral lichen planus will rarely ever evolve into cancer (squamous cell carcinoma). However, it is possible, especially when someone has poorly controlled disease that is chronically active with ulcers and erosions. This is why it is important to find a dermatologists that knows this problem and can help you. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have severe skin only lichen planus, was given oral prednisone 20mg for 9 days. What are chances planus will return more severe after treatment?

I have severe skin only lichen planus, was given oral prednisone 20mg for 9 days. What are chances planus will return more severe after treatment?

If diagnosis is-: If you have lichen plants, a brief corse of Prednisone will usually not prevent recurrence! That said, I believe a skin biopsy is necessary. A visual diagnosis can be misleading! Best! ...Read more

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What is lichen planus?

Lichen planus: Lichen planus is a common skin rash that is not contagious. See your primary care physician for topical and oral medications treatment. Sometimes Lichen planus may spontaneously resolve. ...Read more

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What is lichen planus?

Lichen Planus: Lichen planus is a chornic disease of the skin and oral mucusa. Its name refers to the dry and undulating, "lichen-like" appearance of affected skin. The underlying pathology of this disease is unknown at this time. ...Read more

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What causes lichen planus?

What causes lichen planus?

Unknown: The cause of lichen planus is unknown. In certain locales, patients with extensive lichen planus seem to be more likely to have a hepatitis C virus infection of the liver. Often see people with full dentures that seem to get it, but really hard to determine a specific source ...Read more

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How do I cure lichen planus?

Flagyl: If this is lichen planus you need to be tested for associated problem as hepatitis c. I have good experience with oral flagul which needs to be used foe several months to flatten the lesions and lighten the residual color. The mechanism of action is unknown. ...Read more

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Any cures for lichen planus?

No: Unfortunately no. Usually the process burns itself out after an average of about 18 months. The trouble is we don't really know the exact cause/trigger. So that makes it very difficult to comeup with a cure. ...Read more

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Are there any lichen planus?

Are there any lichen planus?

?: ? Are there any lichen planus what? I think your question was cut short or incomplete. ...Read more

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Could you identify: lichen planus?

Autoimmune disorder: Lp is an autoimmune disorder that can effect almost any tissue. The cause remains unknown and treatments are limited to helping symptoms associated with the condition and in controlling the extent of exacerbation during time of increased disease activity. ...Read more

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Could toprolxl cause lichen planus?

Lichen Planus: Lichen planus will wax and wane. It is a chronic rash of unknown cause with no cure, may be itchy and poorly understood by medicine. It can be managed with medication both topical and oral. It may resolve on its own. Wish I could help more; see your dermatologist to manage this disease. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about lichen planus?

Can you tell me about lichen planus?

Lichen Planus: Lichen planus will wax and wane. It is a chronic rash of unknown cause with no cure, may be itchy and poorly understood by medicine. It can be managed with medication both topical and oral. It may resolve on its own. Wish I could help more; see your dermatologist to manage this disease. ...Read more

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How can you pronounce lichen planus?

See below: This is hard to answer because you cannot hear me. I would suggest you7 go to your dentist with lichen planus written out and ask. ...Read more

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I want to know what lichen planus is?

A good question: Lp is thought to be an immune system mediated response. To what is not yet known for sure. The end result being the typical itchy, purplish papules that are the classic clinical findings. There are also a number of different types of lp. So seeing a dermatologist would help you with the exact diagnosis. ...Read more

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For how long does lichen planus last?

See below: Lichen planus is a disease of the skin and/ormucous membranes that resembles lichen. It is thought to be the result of an autoimmune process with an unknown trigger. In the mouth it can cause redness and swelling, peeling of the gums and cheeks painful sores. Without treatment, most lesions will spontaneously resolve within 6–12 months. ...Read more