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Signs and Symptoms of Lichen Planus

Lichen planus is a fairly common autoimmune skin condition in which antibodies attack the skin, mucous membranes, hair and nails.  Lichen refers to the appearance of the rash that appears on the skin or in the mouth.  Lichen planus occurs most often in middle-aged adults, affecting men and women equally.  The most common locations are the skin and inside the mouth.  We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of lichen planus below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Lichen Planus include:

  • Itchy, flat bumps that are reddish- purple in color that can appear anywhere on the body
  • White, lacy appearance of the bumps, especially on the wrists
  • Darker, thicker patches on the shins
  • Patches of fine white lines and dots in the mouth

Lichen planus usually does not occur in children.  The onset of lichen planus can be sudden or gradual.  The first attack may last for weeks or months, and the rash can disappear and re-occur again after a number of years.

Diagnosis of Lichen Planus

Lichen planus on the skin is fairly simple to diagnose, and most physicians make a diagnosis just by observing the skin.  Sometimes a skin biopsy is done to help confirm the diagnosis. Lichen planus in the mouth is more difficult to diagnose, as is often confused with canker sores, candidiasis, and oral cancer.  A biopsy can help confirm a diagnosis of oral lichen planus.

Recommended – Test for Heavy Metals and Mineral Imbalances using Hair Tissue Analysis

Hair Tissue Analysis Report

Hair Tissue Analysis Report

We suggest getting a hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) to help you determine accurately what your body needs more of in terms of essential trace minerals and needs to eliminate in terms of toxic heavy metals and toxic mineral ratios. Toxic mineral ratios and toxic metal accumulation following long term or acute exposure can contribute greatly to degenerative conditions like lichen planus.

Essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium and sodium all have important metabolic functions. However, too little or too much of any of these essential minerals can have an adverse affect on the human body and it’s ability to recover.

How can a hair analysis help me achieve better health? If we consider that diet is what we consume and nutrition is what we retain, then we can see that discovering what your body needs when it needs it is a valuable tool in creating health.

The dangers of exposure to toxic heavy metals such as mercury, lead and aluminum have been well documented over the years. Levels of heavy metals in the body can only be accurately measured using a hair tissue analysis or a chelation challenge test (which can be expensive and have serious side-effects). Blood or urine tests give information about your metal or mineral levels at the time of the test only.

Testing for minerals in the urine measures the minerals that are being excreted from your body – not necessarily what has been absorbed as fuel for your body. So blood and urine tests are like snapshots whereas a hair analysis is the video of your mineral retention.

A hair analysis provides a biological profile of the past 2 – 3 months of intracellular activity revealing a unique metabolic world, which cannot be seen through most other tests. The hair mineral analysis gives you or your healthcare professional much-needed information about mineral deficiencies and chemical imbalances in your body, especially if you’re suffering from symptoms of any disease or disorder, including lichen planus.

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Books For People With Signs and Symptoms of Lichen Planus

Lichen Planus – A Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, and Annotated Research Guide to Internet References
ICON Health Publications
Don’t expect a cure for oral lichen planus. (Most Agents Ineffective).: An article from: Skin & Allergy News
Norra MacReady

Lichenoid Eruptions: Lichen Sclerosus, Lichen Planus, Mucosal Lichen Planus, Lichen Nitidus, Lichen Planopilaris
Books LLC
Lichen planus is rare in children: treat localized disease with an extended course of medium-potency topical corticosteroids.(Skin Disorders): An article from: Family Practice News
Michele G. Sullivan

Lichen Planus Resources

General Patient Resources

  • American Academy of Dermatology

Information on lichen planus for dermatologists, for the public and for the media.

  • American Skin Association

A skin resource center for researchers, adults and kids.

  • Cure Zone

Lichen planus support forum.

  • MD Junction

A community of patients, family members and friends dedicated to dealing with lichen planus.

  • Family Doctor . org

Questions and answers about lichen planus.

Medical Resources

  • Mayo Clinic

Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, treatments of disorder affecting skin or mucous membranes.

  • Pub Med Health

Discusses causes, sym,ptoms, risk factors, treatment, prognosis and complications.