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"Is there a cure to lichen planus?"
i have lichen planus,what is the cure?
Thank you for your question. I recommend that you speak with your doctor or dermatologist. Lichen planus is a condition that can affect the skin or the inside of the mouth. It is an affliction of inflammation of the skin or mucosa that comes from an unknown cause, although there are some things and chemicals which are sometimes associated with the condition. While the symptoms can be treated quite effectively in most cases, there is no clear definition of how to effectively treat the disease itself. If there are no symptoms, then, in most cases, no treatment is necessary. If a person is suffering from itching or other common symptoms, then topical steroids and other similar treatments can be effective. In more severe cases, light therapy and oral steroids may be used to improve the symptoms. The treatment and the risks of the treatment need to match the severity of the disease, which is why it is important to work closely with your doctor to get the treatment that you need. Additionally, there is a need for long term follow up as there are some who believe that lichen planus can transform over time into something more serious. Please speak with your doctor or dermatologist about your question.
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