Lichen Planus - Symptoms, Causes & Treatment of Lichen Planus

Lichen Planus

A recent document published by the Mayo Clinic, states that lichen planus is an inflammatory condition that typically affects your skin and other mucus membranes including the nails, mucus membranes of the mouth, esophagus, conjunctiva, bladder, stomach, anus and vagina.

Lichen planus is not contagious and can not be transferred from one person to the next.  It may appear as lacy white patches or sores that can be painful. For some unknown reason, the disorder is likely to occur when the immune system attacks the cells of the skin or mucous membranes.

According to a recent Medscape article, lichen planus may also be found with other diseases of altered immunity; these conditions include ulcerative colitis, alopecia areata, vitiligo, dermatomyositis, morphea, lichen sclerosus, and myasthenia gravis. In a recent meta-analysis, 16% of patients with lichen planus also had hepatitis-C infection.




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