Definition and causes
Lichen planus is a disease of the skin and mucous membranes. We do not know the cause of Lichen planus. The disease may be more common among people between 30 and 60 years. Lichen planus is safe and moves by itself after 1 to 2 years.
Symptoms of Lichen planus (Lichen Ruber)
The skin rash seen with small, red-purple buds in groups. Rash usually start on the forearms and then spreads to more parts of the body. Frequently sits Lichen planus on the inside of the hand joints, in the loins, on railbound legs, the genitals and on the hands and feet. Later rash may be more dark and scaly failure. There is strong itching.
At around. half of people with Lichen planus seen changes in the mucous membranes. In some cases, mucosa-change is the only symptom. On mucous membranes seen Lichen planus as white lines in the cheek mucosa. The lines are in a very distinctive pattern, called netmelon sketch, because they cross each other as networks. Lichen planus may also sit in the vagina.
If Lichen planus sits to the skull, can be hair loss. At 10 are affected nails that come here sharp stripes in the nails of her fingers direction, see also deformed and discolored nails. Some are experiencing ring-shaped, red areas on the genitals.
By suspected Lichen planus should seek medical advice. The mode is, as I say harmless, but it can be confused with more serious conditions, for example. similar changes in the mouth be precursors to cancer.
Treatment of Lichen planus (Lichen Ruber)
Treatment of Lichen planus consists of steroids (either cream or tablets) and in severe cases, in addition to other drugs that affect the immune system. As mentioned, most cases of Lichen planus disappear by itself after a few years, but the disease can come back and possibly. become chronic.