Do you have a sudden rash on your skin and or genitals for no apparent reason? This may be caused by a condition known as Lichen planus, a skin rash triggered by the immune response. While the situation is not severe, there are rare cases where medical attention is needed. In such a scenario, it’s best to visit Dr. Brooks, MD, at Arizona Specialized Gynecology, who has vast experience dealing with such conditions.
Lichen Planus Q & A
What is Lichen Planus?
In simple terms, lichen planus is a skin rash that is triggered by the immune response. It is not known what exactly causes the immune response. However, the condition does not require medical attention in most cases and can be nursed from home. In the rare case that the disease becomes adverse, you need to get yourself checked out by a licensed practitioner such as Dr. Brooks.
What are the signs and symptoms of Lichen Planus?
Common signs of lichen planus include;
Purplish colored bumps on top of your genitals and skin
Blisters that burst and turn scabby
Rashes on your genitals and body
White lines over the rashes
Painful sores in the mouth and vagina
What causes Lichen Planus?
Lichen planus develops when the body attacks your skin and or mucus membrane by mistake. It is unknown why this happens, but there are various factors known to increase the chances of getting the condition. They include:
Having a virus such as Hepatitis C
Having family members with lichen planus.
Being exposed to allergens
It’s worth noting that this infection affects both men and women alike. However, women are twice likely to contract the oral form. Also, this condition mostly affects middle-aged individuals and is very rare in children and older adults.
How is Lichen Planus diagnosed?
When you visit Dr. Brooks at Arizona Specialized Gynecology, he will first begin by conducting a careful examination. A look at the site of the rash whether the genitals or any other area may affirm contraction of lichen planus. Dr. Brooks may go on to conduct other tests for confirmation such as a biopsy.
For mild lichen planus cases, you can nurse yourself at home. When it comes to more severe cases, Dr. Brooks may recommend a series of remedial treatments such as retinoids, antihistamines, and non-steroid creams.
If you notice a sudden appearance of a rash on your genitals or any part of your body, visit Dr. Brooks today for specialized treatment.
How is Lichen Planus treated?