Lichen planus follicularis
Other Names for this Disease
- Follicular lichen planus
- Lichen planopilaris
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lichen planus that mainly affects the scalp and primarily affects middle-aged adults. It usually causes tiny red papules to appear around a cluster of hairs. Rarely, blistering occurs in the lesions. The hair follicles on the scalp are mainly affected in this form, although lesions may also be found on the skin and mucous membranes. Follicular lichen planus is the most common form of lichen planus found in the scalp. Commonly encountered symptoms and signs are increased hair shedding, itching, scaling, burning, and tenderness. Hair loss occurs and may be permanent if the disease is sufficiently active to cause permanent scarring, a condition called cicatricial alopecia. Treatment is usually with steroids.Lichen planus follicularis is a form of
Last updated: 3/31/2010
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- The North American Hair Research Society (NAHRS) has developed an informative page on cicatricial alopecia. Click on the link to learn more.
- DermNet NZ is an online resource about skin diseases developed by the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated. DermNet NZ provides information about this condition.
- The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology (AOCD) has developed an information page on this condition. Click on the link to read more.
- The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has information about lichen planus on its Web site. Visit the link to read more.
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