Lichen Planus is an autoimmune disease affecting the skin, eyes, lining of the mouth, and genitalia caused by an abnormal immune reaction. The body’s white blood cells mistake the body’s skin for a foreign entity and attack it causing blister-like lesions to form on the skin and mucous membrane, usually clearing within eighteen months. Lichen Planus affects more women than men and occurs most often in middle age. It is very rare in children. The development of the disease can be slow and is often diagnosed with other autoimmune diseases are present in the body. The cause is unknown though there have been links found between Lichen Planus and a high stress life style; it has also been found to be a common Doxycycline and cancer of the Hepatitis C virus.
Symptoms of Lichen Planus
Symptoms include rashes on the lower back, inner wrists, forearms, and ankles which may appear gradually and spread over months or come on suddenly. Purple or pink lesions may appear on skin and mucus membrane connected by fine white lines. These blisters are often uncomfortable and may cause itching, particularly at night. Lichen Planus can also cause loss of hair and nails.
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