Oral lichen planus

How might oral lichen planus be treated?

It is important to identify and remove any potential agent that might have caused a lichenoid reaction. Chemicals or medications associated with development of lichen planus include gold, antibiotics, arsenic, iodides, chloroquine, quinacrine, quinidine, antimony, phenothiazines, diuretics such as chlorothiazide, and many others. Consideration regarding role of drugs that were started in recent months prior to the on set of oral lichen planus, as well as any contact allergens identified by patch testing is recommended.

Symptoms may improve with the following measures:

Meticulous oral hygiene
Stopping smoking
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:

Systemic retinoids (acitretin or isotretinoin)
Low molecular weight heparin

Last updated on 05-01-20


Oral lichen planus

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Last updated on 04-27-20

Healthcare Resources

Lichen Planus

A dermatologist is a doctor whose training is in treating conditions that involve the skin, hair, and nails. This condition may be treated by a dermatologist. To find a dermatologist near you, you can search the American Academy of Dermatology online directory by clicking on the link above.

Last updated on 04-27-20

Name: National Lichen Sclerosus Support Group P.O. Box 5830 Lyme Regis
Dorset DT7 3ZU
United Kingdom
Phone: 07765 947599 Url: http://www.lichensclerosus.org/

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