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Lichen planus follicularis


Other Names for this Disease

  • Follicular lichen planus
  • Lichen planopilaris
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What is most effective treatment and cure for lichen planopilaris?

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What treatments are available for lichen planopilaris?

Unfortunately, there is not yet a cure for lichen planopilaris.  Treatment depends on how much of the scalp is affected and how quickly the condition progresses.[1]  Steroid creams or injections are often the first therapy.  Steroid medications such as isotretinoin (Accutane) or hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) may be taken to treat more severe cases.[2][1]  If the lichen planopilaris does not improve with steroid treatments, various other medications, especially cyclosporine and mycophenolate mofetil, have been tried with some success.[1][3]
Last updated: 10/18/2012

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Other Names for this Disease
  • Follicular lichen planus
  • Lichen planopilaris
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