Oral lichen planus
- Oral lichenoid lesions
Your QuestionI have had oral lichen planus for a number of years. The condition is becoming painful. How is this condition treated? How can I be seen by researchers at the National Institutes of Health? How can I find a specialist in my area?
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Symptoms may improve with the following measures:
Meticulous oral hygiene
Topical steroids as drops, pastes, gels or sprays (e.g., triamcinolone paste)
Steroid injections (intralesional triamcinolone)
Mouth rinse containing the calcineurin inhibitors: cyclosporin or tacrolimus
In severe cases systemic corticosteroids may be used.
Other possible therapeutic agents may include:
You can find a more extensive list of directories to help you find health professionals, services and facilities by visiting the MedlinePlus.gov Web page at the following link.
- Berman K. Lichen Planus. Ocotber 2010; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000867.htm. Accessed 7/20/2011.
- Habif TP, ed.. Clinical Dermatology, 5th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2010;
- Lichen Planus. American Osteopathic College of Dermatology. 2012; http://www.aocd.org/skin/dermatologic_diseases/lichen_planus.html. Accessed 10/16/2012.
- Oral Lichen Planus. New Zealand Dermatologic Soceity, inc.. Ocotber 2010; http://www.dermnet.org.nz/scaly/oral-lichen-planus.html. Accessed 7/20/2011.