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Lichen Planus Symptoms & Diagnosis


Many skin and mucus membrane conditions appear similar. Only your doctor can tell them apart. If you have anything resembling lichen planus, do not assume that is the condition. Skin conditions may be isolated, or they may be signs of a more serious internal disease. See your doctor to be sure.

Symptoms include:

  • Itching, flat-topped purplish bumps or scaly patches
    • Especially on the palm side of the wrists, the top of the foot and shins, the trunk, or the genitals
  • Milky-white, spider web-like patches in your mouth or vagina


Your doctor will ask about your symptoms, medications, and medical history. A physical exam will be done. You may be referred to a dermatologist.

If the diagnosis is unclear, a skin biopsy may be done.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2022 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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