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Lichen Planus

Lichen planus is a non-infectious condition that causes swelling and irritation in the skin, nails, hair, and mucous membranes. People with lichen planus have purple flat bumps on the skin, itching, blisters, white patches in the mouth, sores in mouth and genitals, and hair loss. Corticosteroids, antibiotics, antihistamines, retinoids, and immune response medicines are used in its treatment.

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Can I take Colchicine for lichen planus while breast feeding?

Query: Hello doctor, Is Colchicine safe for breastfeeding mothers? I have been prescribed Colchicine for the treatment of my oral lichen planus condition. However, I am still nursing and breastfeeding my one-year-old child. I am wondering if the medication is safe to consume given that I am still nursing ...  Read Full »

Dr. Naseer Ahmad Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Regarding your treatment for oral lichen planus, you need to take a topical corticosteroid and Colchicine is an appropriate treatment for it. I am posting here a study regarding the use of Colchicine by a group of lactating mothers and you can see the results yourse...  Read Full »

I have a white patch under the tongue. What is your opinion on it?

Query: Hi doctor, Can you please provide me with your opinion on a white patch under my tongue. It does not rub off and just noticed it a few days ago. I am currently on Losartan 100 mg.  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl F

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and saw your clinical pictures. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). These pictures look a little blurred and a clearer picture will make the diagnosis easier. It could be a drug-induced lichenoid reaction or lichen planus p...  Read Full »

I have dark patches on my hands and toes. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21-year-old female. I develop dark discolored rough patches on my hands and toes. No matter what I do to remove them they come back worse and darker than before. It ruins my self-confidence as a woman who should have pretty hands and feet. Kindly help.   Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen your query and concern and examined your picture (attachment hidden to protect the identity of the patient). With your descriptions and given picture, it seems you have callosity or lichen simplex chronicus. I would suggest you apply Xerina cream (glycolic...  Read Full »

What would be the differential diagnosis based on the biopsy report of the cheek?

Query: Hello doctor, If the biopsy report of the cheek (buccal mucosa, left) showed chronically inflamed stratified squamous epithelium and underlying fibrous connective tissue, which contains a number of irregularly shaped vascular spaces approximately the size of normal capillaries that contain numerous ...  Read Full »

Dr. Singh Smrita

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The current biopsy results indicate a lichenoid type of lesion in the buccal mucosa. This type of picture can be seen due to various causes ranging from allergens to systemic drugs, anything causing irritation (like dentures), etc. Though the presence of rash, uveitis,...  Read Full »

Are white spots and stains on genitals due to lichen planus?

Query: Hello doctor, Is this lichen planus? I also have white spots and stains on my genitals and inside my mouth. I have attached pictures for your reference. I had alopecia areata in the past.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the attachments (attachment removed to protect patient's identity). Yes, it is lichen planus. There will be itchy red to violaceous small bumps over the skin and on the mucosal surfaces like the mouth and penis. It will have a whitish-lacy pattern....  Read Full »

I have recurring white spots on the genitals. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have had white spots on my genital area for the past one year. They are not bumps but just spots. They do not itch or smell. They are only just visible. After applying a cream such as Beclomin for prolonged periods, it goes away but once I stop, it starts to appear again.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This seems to be related to some atypical skin lesions that respond well to Beclomin (Beclomethasone and Miconazole nitrate) (attachment removed to protect patient identity). These can or cannot be sexually transmitted disease-related symptoms. It depends on proper eval...  Read Full »

I have a patch on the inner side of my cheek. When will it heal?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 30 year old male, and I have a patch on the inner side of my cheek from the past two weeks. It might be caused due to cheek bite, as I have a tendency to bite my cheek while eating. I have no pain and bleeding. I consulted a local dentist, and he said it does not look abnormal and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shamaz Mohamed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the snapshot of the patch you have sent me (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I have few questions before I diagnose the same. Do you have any burning sensation in that region of cheek while having food or just like that? Do you hav...  Read Full »

What is the cut in the mouth of a patient with lichen planus?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been diagnosed with oral lichen planus a year back and now I can feel a small cut like thing in mouth again. Can you help me up to diagnose if this is a normal cut or some other thing. I am 30 years old male.  Read Full »

Dr. Himayoon Majeed Mir

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The cut you are referring to seems to be due to cheek bite (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I need to know if there is any pain in the cut or pain on taking any specific food or liquid. I need to know when where you diagnosed with lichen planus. And ...  Read Full »

I have small colorless bumps on my arm and fingers. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have small colorless bumps on my arm and a couple on fingers of my hand. They do not cause any pain or itching. But, I have noticed that they were not present on my arm earlier, and I would like to avoid these spreading elsewhere. Kindly suggest the causes and treatment.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). These tiny skin colored papules are called lichen nitidus. It is a harmless condition. In about 70 % of cases, it is self-limiting which means it resolves on its own, no treatment is usual...  Read Full »

I have black papule that itches along with hair loss. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 30-year-old doctor. I have had a black papule on my forehead for 1.5 years and that is associated with itching. It got subsided four to six months after using Mometasone and multivitamins but has reappeared then. It first appeared just below the hairline and spread to contiguous ar...  Read Full »

Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have reviewed the attached photographs (attachments removed to protect patient identity). You are having lichen planus. It is a chronic disease of the skin due to immune dysfunction. I would recommend you to apply Mometasone furoate cream on the affected areas twice dai...  Read Full »

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