Lichen Planus Causes

Lichen planus is a skin rash that is activated by the immune system. It is not known why the immune response occurs. There may be some contributing factors, and each case is different. Possible causes include:

  •     Stress
  •     Viral infections
  •     Allergens
  •     Genetics

While it can occur at any age, it usually affects adults aged 45-60, and affects twice as many women as men.

Sometimes lichen planus occurs along with autoimmune disorders. While it may be painful, in most cases lichen planus is not a serious condition. It is also not contagious.

However, there are some rare variations of the condition that may be serious and painful. Lichen Planus Treatment with using topical and oral medications to reduce symptoms, or by using drugs that suppress the immune system.

Some cases may be linked to a virus called hepatitis C. This virus can cause liver disease. Your medical doctor may want to order a blood test to check for hepatitis C virus. Several medicines can cause lichen planus. It is important to tell your doctor about all the medicines you are taking.