|Section of Skin with Lichen Planus|
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- Hepatitis C
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Certain prescription medications
- Graft vs. host disease
- Dental materials
- Itching, flat-topped purplish bumps or scaly patches—especially on the palm side of the wrists, the top of the foot and shins, the trunk, or the genitals
- Hair loss
- Abnormal appearance to the nails
- Milky-white, spider web-like patches in your mouth or vagina, with or without burning or discomfort
- Topical or oral antihistamines to relieve itching
- Other topical anti-itching products, such as menthol or eucalyptus oil
- Soothing oatmeal baths
- Retinoids or immunomodulating medications may be useful, particularly for lesions in the mouth or vagina
- Ultraviolet light combined with oral medication has also been effective in widespread or resistant cases
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 12/2014 -
- Update Date: 12/20/2014 -
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