Lichen Planus

Many people who get this common skin disease first notice bumps on their wrists, ankles or lower back. However, bumps can show up anywhere on the skin, including inside the mouth, and can range from a few to many bumps. Treatment is available for this non-cancerous skin condition at the Asarch Center for Dermatology, Laser & Mohs Surgery.

What Is Lichen Planus?

This skin disorder is an inflammatory condition that can affect your skin and mucous membranes. It is not a type of cancer. Lichen planus occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks cells of the skin or mucous membranes. This condition is characterized by groups of small bumps that may be itchy or painful.

Is Lichen Planus Contagious?

Lichen planus is not contagious. You cannot get this disease from someone else, and you cannot give it to anyone.

How Is Lichen Planus Treated?

Some Lichen Planus may go away on its own, but those in the mucous membranes may be more difficult to treat. Some options for treatment are topical creams, antihistamines or light therapy. A consultation with your doctor is the best way to determine a treatment plan.

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