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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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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 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 »

The rash on my body is not resolving despite medicines. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have an itchy rash mainly on my arms, feet, penis, and waist. I have seen a doctor and he said it was scabies but everything he prescribed has not worked. What else could it be?  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hi,Welcome to saw your clinical picture (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). For me, the features are more consistent with lichen planus than scabies. Lichen planus presents with itchy violaceous fault-topped papules (bumps), mainly involving wrists and legs. It also...  Read Full »

Are my lips raw and swollen due to allergy from tooth fillings?

Query: Hello doctor,I am having lots of problems with my mouth, and the VA clinic is struggling to help me. I am a 36-year-old male and have no significant health issues besides this. I am really struggling because my lips are constantly raw, peeling, and swollen. They also burn and hurt almost always. I h...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw your clinical picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). If I just look at your lips, it looks like severe cheilitis. Considering the history, I would like to rule out oral lichen planus. Amalgam is known to cause lichen planus. Check-in your mou...  Read Full »

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