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Signs And Symptoms of Lichen Planus

Depending on which part of the body lichen planus appears, it has different symptoms.

Lichen planus on the Skin

Shiny, firm and reddish-purple bumps are characteristic of lichen planus on the skin. One may even notice tiny white lines (Wickham’s striae) running through the bumps sometimes.

These bumps go from just a few to so many depending on who is infected. They can be seen on different parts of the body; most commonly, the ankles, lower back, and the wrists, but can also appear on the genitals.

Lichen planus on the legs appear as darker bumps and as older bumps clear, new bumps may appear. Do visit us at Clearskin Dermatology Clinic London for your skin checkup.

Symptoms of lichen planus on the skin

You can know if you have lichen planus by the following signs:

  • Itching – The Bumps and patches from this disease sometimes cause itching especially the thick patches
  • Blisters – This rarely occurs
  • Genital pain – Lichen planus can cause the skin around the genitals to be bright red and raw. This can escalate into open sores, which makes sexual intercourse very painful or difficult.
  • Thick rough patches or scaly skin – A continuous appearance of bumps on the same place gives rise to patches of skin that are rough and scaly. They are most common around the ankles and skin and develop with time.

Are you experiencing any of these on your skin? Hurry now and visit our dermatologist London.

What About Oral Lichen Planus?

This disease can infect the mouth — the most common spot being the insides of the cheeks. It can also be seen on the gums, lips, and tongue, causing sores and redness. You know how important your mouth is, so see our dermatologist Harley Street London for diagnosis and possible treatment.

Symptoms of oral lichen planus

Signs of this disease inside the mouth include:

  • Painful sores that can burn or hurt
  • Swelling and redness in the mouth
  • Visible patches of tiny white lines and dots looking like lace
  • Peeling on the gums around the teeth

Don’t wait until you develop all these symptoms before seeking medical attention. The Dermatology Clinic London offers good skincare services. Do visit today!

Lichen Planus on the Nails

It can affect just a few nails often, but at other times, it can be seen on all the nails (toenails and fingernails).

Signs of this include:

  • Temporary or permanent loss of nails
  • Splitting or thinning
  • Ridges or grooves on the nails

Lichen Planus on the Scalp (Lichen planopilaris)

While this may be rare, lichen planus can appear on the scalp. In a situation where it develops, you may experience the following:

  • Scalp redness and irritation
  • Scars (appearing slowly)
  • Tiny little bumps
  • Thinning of hair (or patches of hair loss)

For more information on the symptoms of this disease, see our dermatologist London for comprehensive information.



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