Lichen planus is a common disease that causes inflammation (swelling and irritation) on your skin or inside your mouth. On your skin, lichen planus causes a rash that is usually itchy. Inside your mouth, it may cause burning or soreness.
The cause of lichen planus is usually not known, although possible causes include:
Symptoms of lichen planus depend on the part of your body affected. Common symptoms include:
You can’t do much to prevent lichen planus, but once you have it, you can take steps to keep it from getting worse.
Your physician may take a biopsy of tissue from your mouth to diagnose lichen planus. If you have no symptoms, you probably do not need treatment.
If you have symptoms, such as severe itching or sores in your mouth or genital area, treatment can help. If you have lichen planus on your scalp, treatment is important to prevent permanent hair loss.
Lichen planus is not a dangerous disease, and it usually goes away on its own. However, in some people, it may come back because has no permanent cure. Treatments can help relieve your symptoms and speed healing, including:
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