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Understanding Lichen Planus: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options

Lichen planus is a skin condition that can affect various parts of the body, including the skin, mucous membranes, nails, and scalp. It often appears as flat-topped, shiny, reddish-purple bumps that can be itchy or painful. At New Touch Skin Clinic, we understand the discomfort and concerns this condition can cause. Here’s everything you need to know about lichen planus:

Symptoms of Lichen Planus

Lichen planus typically manifests as:

  1. Skin Lesions: Small, polygonal bumps that are flat-topped and shiny, often with a reddish-purple color.
  2. Itching: Lesions may be itchy, leading to discomfort.
  3. Mucous Membrane Involvement: In some cases, lichen planus can affect the mucous membranes of the mouth, genitals, or other areas, causing painful sores.
  4. Nail Changes: Nails may develop ridges, grooves, or become brittle.

Causes and Triggers

The exact cause of lichen planus is not fully understood, but it is believed to be related to an immune system reaction. Potential triggers include certain medications, infections, allergens, or autoimmune disorders.


Diagnosing lichen planus usually involves a thorough examination of the affected skin or mucous membranes. In some cases, a biopsy may be needed to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment Options

While lichen planus may not have a definitive cure, various treatment options can help manage symptoms and promote healing:

  1. Topical Treatments: Corticosteroid creams or ointments can reduce inflammation and itching.
  2. Oral Medications: In more severe cases, oral corticosteroids or other medications that suppress the immune system may be prescribed.
  3. Phototherapy: Treatment with ultraviolet light (UV therapy) can sometimes help improve skin lesions.
  4. Lifestyle and Home Remedies: Gentle skin care practices, avoiding triggers, and maintaining good oral hygiene can aid in managing symptoms.

To know more, follow this link: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/a-z/lichen-planus-overview

Managing Lichen Planus at New Touch Skin Clinic

At New Touch Skin Clinic, our dermatologists specialize in the diagnosis and management of lichen planus. We provide personalized treatment plans tailored to your specific symptoms and needs. Whether you’re dealing with skin lesions, oral sores, or nail changes, we are here to offer compassionate care and effective solutions.


Living with lichen planus can be challenging, but with proper diagnosis and management, symptoms can often be controlled effectively. If you suspect you have lichen planus or need expert dermatological care, contact New Touch Skin Clinic today. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve healthy, comfortable skin.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, please reach out to us. We’re here to support you on your journey to skin health.

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