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.

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What causes lichen planus and how can it be cured?

Mysterious. The exact cause is unknown however may be related to an allergic or immune reaction. Treatments could include: antihistamines, immune-suppressing medications, topical corticosteroids, topical retinoic acid and uv light. Read more...

Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes lichen planus and how do you cure it?

Autoimmune. No cure. Lichen planus is an autoimmune disease. We don't know what causes it. It generally is manageable with topical steroids. Sometimes it is difficult to control. It isn't cureable but manageable. Read more...
Auto immune. Lichen planus is an autoimmune syndrome. You can only manage it, there is no cure at the present time. Read more...

Please answer! What photographic chemicals 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...

Please help! What is the cause of 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...