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Oral lachen planus dangerous?

4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Rarely oral cancer

Chronic oral lichen planus can in a small percentage develop oral cancer.
Topical prescription creams such as retin a (tretinoin) can be used in the mouth to treat oral lichen palnus. I have experience with oral Metronidazole as a treatment for lichen planus with good results. You need to be checked for hepatitis C which can be associated with lichen planus as well as review drugs as contributory cause.

In brief: Rarely oral cancer

Chronic oral lichen planus can in a small percentage develop oral cancer.
Topical prescription creams such as retin a (tretinoin) can be used in the mouth to treat oral lichen palnus. I have experience with oral Metronidazole as a treatment for lichen planus with good results. You need to be checked for hepatitis C which can be associated with lichen planus as well as review drugs as contributory cause.
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dr. Morris Westfried
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Dr. Jennifer Haley
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possibly

May increase your risk for developing squamous cell carcinoma from being chronically inflamed.
May also be seen more commonly in patients with hepatitis C so get checked. I would see a doctor, get a little steroid cream such as Lidex (fluocinonide) gel to reduce the inflammation, get your blood tested, and get regular oral exams looking for non-healing ulcers or nodules. It is not contagious so kiss away.

In brief: Possibly

May increase your risk for developing squamous cell carcinoma from being chronically inflamed.
May also be seen more commonly in patients with hepatitis C so get checked. I would see a doctor, get a little steroid cream such as Lidex (fluocinonide) gel to reduce the inflammation, get your blood tested, and get regular oral exams looking for non-healing ulcers or nodules. It is not contagious so kiss away.
Dr. Jennifer Haley
Dr. Jennifer Haley
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