Lichen Planus can be described as a recurrent rash which occurs from inflammation. The rashes created by the infection are characterized with flat topped and many-sided bumps which grow together to form scaly patches on the skin. Women who suffer from his condition may also witness some form of rashes in the lining of their vaginal. The colour of the Lichen Planus infection differentiates it from some other common rashes such as eczema, psoriasis-lichen planus is characterized by Violet or Lilac colour.
Though the onset of the Lichen Planus infection can be gradual but may last for several weeks or months, however re-occurrence of the infection may last for several years. Children rarely suffer from Lichen Planus. The infections appear with angular borders which often measure around 2mm-4mm in diameter, and new bumps may also appear at the onset of the infection. As the lesions persist on the affected areas, some forms of pigmentation may also develop. Patchy scarring balding may also occur on scalps.
Aside from the mouth and the inner linings of the vaginal , Lichen Planus may also affect some other parts of the body where spots are easily noticeable. Such places include; the ankles, lower legs, fore arms, and lower part of the back. Hypertrophic Lichen planus is one form of the infection which is characterized by thick brown-reddish lesions which cover the scales that appear on the body. This form of Lichen planus become itchy and painful after sometimes.
Lichen planus sometimes form on the mucus membrane, and since lichen planus is distinguishable in appearance, it can thus easily be recognizable especially by examining the rashes. Clinical Biopsy may be conducted to confirm the infection. The cause of Lichen Planus is relatively unknown but there are some instances where allergic reactions can cause the infections. Drugs which contain Bismuth and arsenic substances for instance cause the body to react negatively and result in Lichen planus. Topical corticosteroid is often used to treat persistent Lichen Planus , however people who do not suffer from symptoms of the infection do not need treatments.
Painful lesions of Lichen planus can be treated with Ultra-violet light emissions. Though the longest duration of Lichen Planus is 4 years however the infection often disappear by itself without treatment , the reoccurrence of the infection can be treated with topical medications and in some cases prescription medications may be recommended.