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Symptoms of Lichen planus

Symptoms of Lichen planus: Introduction

The symptoms of lichen planus generally appear in middle age, and are most common in women. The types and severity of symptoms of lichen planus vary between individuals. Symptoms can affect the skin, mouth, vulva, fingernails, toenails, and /or hair. Symptoms of lichen planus can also recur after treatment in some cases.

Typical symptoms of lichen planus that affects the skin include a skin rash of small shiny, red spots that are flat on top. The rash generally appears suddenly and is itchy. The rash often appears on the wrists, ankles, lower legs, neck, and back. The rash can also affect any part of the skin, including the genital and vulva areas.

Oral lichen planus presents with symptoms that generally affect the tongue, gums and inside of the cheeks. Subtle symptoms include a thickening and hardening of the lining of the mouth. Small pimples can also develop. Most often, oral lichen planus does not cause severe symptoms. In some cases, painful ulcers and lesions may develop. Complications of oral lichen planus include an increased risk of developing oral cancer. A fungal infection of the moth called thrush often accompanies oral lichen planus.

Fingernails and toenails affected by lichen planus can have a ridged appearance and can become thin and split easily. Complications include nail loss and permanent destruction of the affected nail. One or more nails can be affected.

Lichen planopilaris is a type of lichen planus that affects the scalp. Symptoms include patches of hair loss....more about Lichen planus »

Symptoms of Lichen planus

The list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Lichen planus includes the 12 symptoms listed below:

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Lichen planus as a Cause of Symptoms or Medical Conditions

When considering symptoms of Lichen planus, it is also important to consider Lichen planus as a possible cause of other medical conditions. The Disease Database lists the following medical conditions that Lichen planus may cause:

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Lichen planus. This signs and symptoms information for Lichen planus has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Lichen planus signs or Lichen planus symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Lichen planus may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Lichen planus symptoms.


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