Lichen planus is an inflammatory disease that can affect the skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes. On the skin, the lichen planus usually appears as itchy, flat-headed bumps that develop over several weeks. In the mouth, vagina, and other areas covered with a mucous membrane, lichen planus produces white and jagged areas, sometimes accompanied by painful wounds. Hepatitis C frequently leads to lichen planus. Furthermore, some specific drugs having arsenic, bismuth, or gold as their composition may also be responsible for its onset. Mostly lichen planus is relatively mild and affected individuals cured without any special treatment.
Most people can deal with mild and typical cases of lichen plan at home without medical treatment. If the illness causes severe pain or itching, you may need medications. To cure the unpleasant appearance of the rashes topical corticosteroid creams or topical calcineurin inhibitors like may be recommended.