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Lichen Planus: Facts

Facts About Lichen Planus

  • Lichen planus is not a type of cancer.
  • Lichen planus on the skin shows up as red or purple colored bumps with white tops.
  • Lichen planus in the mouth shows up as white lines with dots on the cheeks. But it can also appear on tongue, gums and lips.
  • Lichen planus can affect the genitals of both men and women. Women are affected more than men.
  • Lichen planus has no cure. Whenever it appears, you have to get it treated. Steroids, antihistamines are commonly used to treat lichen planus.
  • Lichen planus in the mouth increases chances of oral cancer.
  • Lichen planus can also affect nails and scalp.

Article created on: August 22, 2006

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