Lichen Ruber Planus
Lichen ruber planus, or just lichen ruber, is a fairly common skin disease. The condition produces small, reddish-purple, raised but flat papules that merge into larger, jagged spots.
They often appear on the wrists, ankles, or scratches in the skin, but sometimes also in the mucous membranes of the mouth or genitals. The rash itches, and if located in the genital area, the skin can become sensitive and painful. Lichen ruber tend to develop over one or a few weeks.
The condition is not contagious, and symptoms usually disappear by themselves within a couple of years. Consult a medical professional for treatment advice before administering home treatment.
Lichen simplex is a rash of constant and intense itching, sometimes also in the night time. The itching can be a lasting problem some time after the curing of another disease, such as genital psoriasis. Even after the initial disease has been cleared, symptoms may persist because the person is unable to stop scratching.
Lichen sclerosus is a similar skin disease, which may cause an impaired sex life for many years before diagnosis. The skin becomes taut, brittle, and whitish. In women lichen, sclerosus is usually manifested as thin and damaged skin (for example on the labia).
Lichen sclerosis in men often cause a painfully “tight” foreskin, with pain and redness. Later, it may appear as white lines on the inside of the foreskin.
Lichen of various types can usually be treated with corticosteroids. Consult a medical professional before administering home treatment.