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lichen planus dermatology rockville md

Lichen planus a common skin disease often develops on the wrist. Many people get lichen (LY-kin) planus (PLAN-us), this disease can develop on one or several parts of the body. It can appear on the skin or inside the mouth. Sometimes, it appears in both places. Lichen planus can even change the way a person's fingernails or toenails look. It also can appear on the genitals or a person's scalp. To prevent this kind of skin disease see Dr. Robert Katz a General Dermatologist at Katz Dermatology in Rockville, MD. The signs and symptoms of lichen planus depend on where it appears on the body. On the skin, lichen planus often causes bumps that are shiny, firm, and reddish purple. Sometimes the bumps have tiny white lines running through them; these lines are called Wickham's striae. Most people get a few bumps and some people get many bumps, which can appear on different parts of the body. The most common places for these bumps to appear are the wrists, lower back, and ankles, but they can appear anywhere on the skin, including the genitals. On the legs, the bumps tend to be darker.

When lichen planus develops on the skin, a person can have the following: Thick patches of rough, scaly skin. If bumps continue to appear in the same place, thick patches of rough, scaly skin can form. These patches develop with time and are most common on the shins and around the ankles. Sometimes the bumps and patches itch. The thick patches are most likely to itch. These are rare Pain, especially on the genitals. The skin can be bright red and raw. Open sores can appear. These can make sex painful or impossible. When lichen planus appears inside the mouth, it most commonly occurs on the insides of the cheeks. It also can appear on the tongue, lips, and gums. Inside your mouth, you may have: Patches of tiny white dots and lines that can look like lace Redness, swelling and pealing on gums. Painful sores (can hurt or burn). Maryland Dermatologist Dr. Matthew Katz will give you the exact treatment to your skin problem At Katz Dermatology in Rockville MD.

A dermatologist often can tell whether you have lichen planus by looking at your skin, nails, and mouth. To make sure that you have lichen planus, a dermatologist may remove a bit of skin. This skin will be examined under a microscope to make sure. Your dermatologist may call this a biopsy. Sometimes, you may need blood tests to rule out other diseases. There is no cure for lichen planus. It often goes away on its own. If symptoms are bothersome, treatment often brings relief and may speed healing. Dermatology and Clinical Skin Care at Katz Dermatology with Dr. Robert Katz will give you skin screening to prevent this kind of disease.