Lichen Planus Treatment

Lichen planus is a chronic recurrent rash that is due to inflammation in the skin and mucous membranes. The rash is characterized by small, flat-topped, many-sided (polygonal) bumps that can grow together into rough, scaly plaques on the skin. There may also be a rash in the lining (mucous membranes) of the mouth or vagina.

  • purple-red coloured bumps (papules) that are slightly raised, shiny and have a flat top. The papules usually measure 3-5mm in diameter and may also have irregular white streaks (Wickham's striae)
  • thicker scaly patches can appear, usually around the ankles-this is known as hypertrophic lichen planus
  • itchy skin

Lichen planus is a poorly understood skin condition. Its name is descriptive in that to some it resembles a simple plant, a lichen, which grows on rocks and tree bark, while planus is Latin for flat.

Detailed Procedural Information

How is a Lichen Planus Treatment procedure performed?

Treatments recommended for lichen planus of the skin are outlined below.

  • Antihistamines-
  • Light treatment
  • Acitretin

What are my options?

There are other things you can try at home to complement your prescription treatments. These include:

  • Soaking in an oatmeal bath
  • Cover-uavoiding scratchingp
  • Applying cool compresses to the rash
  • Using OTC anti-itch creams

How do I prepare for a Vitiligo Treatment procedure?

Our surgeon will provide thorough pretreatment instructions, answer any questions you may have, take a detailed medical history and perform a physical exam to determine your fitness for treatment.

In advance of your procedure, your surgeon will ask you to:

  • Keep Skin Moist
  • Bathe With Care.
  • Stick to the Plan
  • Get Some Sun
  • Quit Smoking
  • Drink Booze Moderately or Not at All
  • Consider Diet Changes
  • Tend to Your Mental Health

Preparing for Your Procedure

  • Uses UVA light and a medicine called psoralen to restore skin color.
  • Psoralen may be applied to the skin or taken as a pill.
  • Can treat widespread vitiligo.
  • About 50 percent to 75 percent effective in restoring pigment to the face,trunk, upper arms and upper legs.
  • Not very effective for the hands or feet.
  • Time-consuming, requiring treatment at a hospital or PUVA center twice a week for about 1 year.
  • Psoralen can affect the eyes, so this treatment requires eye exams before starting treatment and after finishing treatment.
  • To help prevent serious side effects, patients need to be carefully monitored.

Aftercare and Recovery

Below is some general self-help advice that can help ease your symptoms and prevent them getting worse.

  • avoid washing with soap or bubble bath-use plain warm water instead
  • wash your hair over a basin to stop affected areas of skin coming into contact with shampoo
  • wash your hair over a basin to stop affected areas of skin coming into contact with shampoo


It May Varies from Patient to Patient.

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