Verrucous Lichen Planus (LP)

What is Verrucous Lichen Planus (LP)?

Verrucous Lichen Planus (LP) is a rare and chronic type of lichen planus, which is a skin condition characterized by raised, flat-topped, pink or purple-to-brown bumps. It usually appears on the arms, legs, or genitals. While not all forms of lichen planus are itchy or painful, verrucous LP can be very uncomfortable and cause significant discomfort.

It is thought to be caused by an immune system response to an outside irritant, such as a chemical, virus, or bacteria. Some medications, such as quinine, ibuprofen, and aminoglutethimide, can also be responsible for triggering this condition.

Symptoms of Verrucous Lichen Planus (LP)

The symptoms of verrucous LP depend on the severity of the condition but may include:

  • Raised, flat-topped, dark or red-brown bumps that grow all over the body
  • Itching and burning sensations of the affected area
  • Rough patches on the skin
  • Staining or discoloration of the affected area
  • Thickening and hardening of the skin over time
  • Pain in the affected area

Treatment of Verrucous Lichen Planus (LP)

The treatment of verrucous LP depends on the severity of the condition. The most common treatment for mild cases is topical steroids, such as hydrocortisone, to reduce inflammation and discomfort. More severe cases may require oral antibiotics, antifungal medications, or retinoids. In some cases, surgical removal of the affected skin may be necessary.

In addition to these treatments, many people with verrucous LP find that natural remedies, such as aloe vera cream, vitamin E, tea tree oil, and chamomile, can be helpful in reducing symptoms. It is important to talk to a doctor before trying any natural remedies, since some may interfere with medications.