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Symptoms of Lichen Planus

Lichen planus is an ailment which neither has a known cause nor a cure till date. Women especially in their middle ages are found more to be affected by this disease than men in a ratio 3:2. The disease is rare in children. This article tries to gain further insight on the symptoms of lichen planus.

Symptoms of Lichen Planus:

  • Asymptomatic – Technical name for a state where the signs do not become apparent remaining latent until a particular period of time
  • Raised shiny itchy rash
  • Blue-black or brownish discoloration of the wrist and the ankle
  • Small pink bumps
  • Scaly patches
  • Mouth rash
  • Small purple bumps
  • Mouth ulcers
  • White lacy streaks in the gums, tongue, palate and lips
  • Blue areas inside cheeks
  • Penile itching
  • Blue areas on the tongue
  • Penile rash
  • Vaginal itch
  • Vaginal rash
  • Lesions are found to turn cancerous in five percent cases. These are abnormal tissues found on the surface of any organism as a result of a disease

The disease is believed to be a consequence of taking drugs which treat conditions likes hypertension and diabetes mellitus. Since latter is an autoimmune disease, this condition too probably derives this nature owing to this condition. Further research is to be done to confirm the link.

Symptoms of lichen planus are found to appear in the form of rashes in patients who take medications for arthritis, high blood pressure and heart diseases.

Other ailments associated with this condition are hepatitis C and graft-versus-host-disease of the skin. There are some reports that this ailment also responds to stress.

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