Lichen Planus

Lichen planus is a skin problem. It causes redness, itching, puffiness (swelling), and sores. Areas of the body that are often affected are the:

  • Vulva and vagina.

  • Gums and inside of the mouth.

  • Tube between your mouth and stomach (esophagus).

  • Scalp.

  • Skin of the arms (especially wrists), legs, chest, back, and belly (abdomen).

  • Fingernails or toenails.

The cause is not known. Lichen planus is not passed from one person to another. It can last for a long time.

HOME CARE

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Keep the vagina as clean and dry as you can.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

Your pain, puffiness, or redness gets worse.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.