What Is Linus Planus And What Causes It?


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Lichen Planus is a type of rash that appears on the skin, the tongue and in other parts of the mouth. The rash is normally purple and commonly affects wrists and ankles. When affecting the mouth, the rash can last a lot longer than if affecting other parts of the body.

It is not known what causes Lichen Planus, although it is common for the rash to occur as a result of an allergic reaction to certain medications. The rash seems to occur mostly in people taking medication for high blood pressure and heart disease. Women are affected more than men and the rash is most common in middle-aged adults, and is extremely rare in children.

The rash can be part of Grinspan's Syndrome, alongside diabetes and hypertension. It can also take the form of ulcers in the mouth and these can be extremely painful. The vessels the rash affect fill with fluid and this can leak into the mouth, leaving an unpleasant taste. Between 1 and 5 percent of people who contract the rash orally can ultimately contract cancer as a result.

Dermatitis is similar in appearance to Lichen Planus and the two can often be confused. If a person feels they have contracted the rash, the best advice to give would be to seek medical attention so that the correct medication can be administered. The ease of treatment depends upon the location of the rash. If the rash is on the skin, it will be easier to treat, and the rash will disappear quicker than that which is contracted orally.

The medicine needed to care for the oral rash is taken orally, this medicine will not cure the rash but will assist in reducing inflamed areas and making the affected areas dormant. Aloe vera is recommended for use on the rash in its skin form, as this soothes the area.

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