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lichen planus
Lichen planus is a disease in which there is an itchy, swollen rash on the skin or in the mouth.
Symptoms may include:
  • mouth lesions
  • poorly defined area of blue-white spots or pimples
  • skin lesions 
  • dry mouth
  • hair loss
  • metallic taste in the mouth
  • ridges in the nails or other nail abnormalities
The exact cause of lichen planus is unknown. However, it is likely to be related to an allergic or immune reaction.

Treatments may include:
  • medication
  • lidocaine mouth washes
  • topical anti-inflammatory or anti-itch medication

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