Lichen Planus is a skin disorder that produces scaly, purplish bumps with white lines or spots. It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder, or one in which the person produces antibodies against his or her own tissues. This abnormal immune response may be triggered by a viral infection.
Types of Lichen Planus
Lichen Planus Hypertrophicus: It looks like a keloid or hypertrophied scar, often found on the ankles.
Lichen Planus Actinus or Lichen Nitidus: Observed along with regular eruptions of LP, more on the light-exposed body parts.
Lichen Sclerosus et Atrophics: A rare condition affecting the vulva, male genitals. With tremendous itching, there is atrophy and scaring of the affected organ.
Lichen Planus Linearis: More closely aggregated eruptions, extending along the entire limb, seen in children.
Lichen Planus Annularis: Often affecting the genitals and scrotum.
Lichen Planus Follicularis (Lichen Planopilaris): Observed in the hair bearing areas such as scalp, pubic region.
Lichen Planus Atrophicus: is a rare variant of lichen planus, and characterized by the presence of a few well-demarcated, white-bluish papules or plaques with central superficial atrophy.
Bullous Lichen Planus: Bullous eruption and vesicles.
Lichen Planus Pigmentosa: As the name suggests, there is a kind of hyper-pigmentation which is greyish in colour. Seen more in females in the western countries
Causes and risks
Lichen Planus is thought to be an autoimmune disorder that may be triggered by a viral infection. This disorder may develop after exposure to certain medications, dyes, and chemicals, including:
Signs and symptoms
Symptoms of lichen Planus may include:
- Flat, purplish, pimple-like bumps mostly on the wrists, lower back, shins, and sometimes the genitals
- Hair loss
- Lace-like white lesions occurring in the mouth and on the mucosal surfaces of the genitals
- Painful sores in the mouth and genitals
- Symptoms become worse if a person feels stressed.
No means of preventing lichen Planus are known at this time. Avoiding certain chemicals and medications may reduce flare-ups in someone with this disorder.
Lichen Planus is not contagious and poses no risks to others.
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