Lichen planus, simply put, is a skin rash that is triggered by the body’s immune system. It is not known, as of now, why such an immune response occurs in the body. However, doctors and other medical professionals have found some contributing factors like viral infections, allergens, stress, and genetics. Sometimes, lichen planus also occurs along with other autoimmune disorders. While the condition might be uncomfortable for many who suffer from it, lichen planus is not a serious condition. The condition is also non-contagious. However, there exist some pretty rare variations of the condition that might become serious and painful for people over time. The good news is that these conditions can be treated almost completely with topical and oral medications that not only help to reduce symptoms but also suppress the immune system. Some symptoms of lichen planus are purplish-coloured lesions or bumps with flat tops on your skin or genitals; lesions that develop and spread over the entire body over the course of several weeks or a few months; blisters; thin white lines over the rash; severe itching at the site of the rash or lacy-white lesions in the mouth. The condition usually clears up in a duration of 6-16 months.
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