About Lichen Planopilaris Treatment

Lichen Planopilaris is a condition which usually affects the parts of the body that have hair. This condition may eventually lead to hair loss which may be permanent, it may also cause scarring and inflammation. There is no clear cause of this condition; however it is believed to be as a result of some allergic reaction to certain substances which may include things like anti malarial agents, penicillin, gold and so much more which you may find out with a keen research of the internet. This condition is usually evident after some given period of time in exposure to the above mentioned substances. This condition appears vas if you have pimples only in their case the pimple are reddish in colour and they are usually very itchy. This condition may also cause the skin to appear uneven and rough.

Lichen Planopilaris is a condition that can be treated if realized in its early stages. However if the condition is not treated early enough it may cause permanent hair loss which may in turn be called baldness. The treatment of this condition is usually unique to each and every individual, because the symptoms and the severity of the situation may be different. Because the condition affects the areas of the body which have hair, treatment may help contain the situation fairly quickly but if not well done the body may also lose hair in other parts and not only on the head.

Lichen Planopilaris is also known to clear up by itself in some cases without even having to involve the help of medication. However it is also important to mention that some cases of this condition disappear but reappear again after some time. Because of such reasons it is always advisable to seek professional help or medical help when dealing with cases of this condition in order to avoid future occurrences. It is also believed that this condition has some genetic or hereditary characteristics which mean that if you are related to someone who is affected then you also have a chance of being affected. It is also very vital to note that the condition is in no way contagious, this essentially means that you cannot get the condition from a person who has it even if you come into close contact with them.

This condition has an appearance of Lichens and that is where it gets its name. Those who have this condition must always seek professional help before it gets worse and if you suspect that you may have the condition, then you should rush to the doctor as soon as possible so that your situation may be dealt with. The most important fact to remember is that the condition is indeed curable and if you follow the right channels of seeking help, the condition will quickly be taken care of and you will be normal as soon as possible.

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  1. Is there any way new follicles can be grown (through treatment or otherwise) after the licehn planopolaris has been succussfully treated?

  2. I am 64 years of age & have been diagnosed with lichen plantan pilaris by a dermatologist. The interesting thing is that it has only affected my eyebrows.

    I have been told that there is no way that the destroyed hair follicles can grow back.

    I am to be treated with a medication used for malaria for 6 months at least so as to arrest the disease from spreading to my eyelashes and scalp.

    I first noticed my eyebrows getting sparse about 5 years ago but thought it was just a menopausal thing.

    I had a biopsy of the eyebrow to determine the condition. :sad:

  3. I was diagnosed with this 2 years ago. My hair fell out in a 1 1/2″ strip down the middle of my head. I was nearly bald for about 9 months when it started growing back miraculously.

    I had injections of Kenalog and was taking Plaquenil and Cellcept. It was amazing to see how much my hair has grown back as well as the quality and health of the hair.

    I am still taking the medications but no longer have the injections. It still is helping.

    • lynders – Did your doc confirm your bald patch was ‘scarred’? I to am stricken with this and am being treated at Cleveland Clinic. I have several ‘patches’ where I’ve lost hair and was told it would not grow back. I have been prescribed Actos, Doxycycline, topical Clobestol and recommended to try Rogaine to stimulate follicles. I’ve been on all this about a month now and have less itch, but no sign of regrowth. How long have you been on your treatment regime?

      Thanks

    • I have just been diagnosed with lichen planopolaris last month. I am overwhelmed with all of this. I am on Doxycyclin, and dermasmooth and a steriod drops. I also have cortisone shots on my scalp. My Dr. is having my doing an eye test tomorrow so that he is putting me also on Plaquenil. Your blog has given me hope that maybe I will have regrowth of hair. I have a small patch about a size of a dime that I lost hair. My hair is very thick and curly. This is so hard, being that my hair was always what people complimented me on.

      • Kimberly Bishop

        This gives me some glimmer of hope as well. I was diagnosed with Lichen Planopilaris in November, after my hair having been falling out since last January. I just attributed it to a lot of stress in my life with school and divorce. I was told that because of the scarring the only way my hair would grow back is plastic surgery after two years of no hair loss. I too am on plaquinel and just put on steroids for about a month. I am hoping for some slowing of the hair loss soon and less inflammation and itching. We shall see. Thank you for sharing your information and stories. It has helped me get through this.

  4. I am 28 years old and have had this for 2 years now in my head. I have about 3 different spots that are bald. It is constantly itchy. It actually feels good to itch and pick the scabs (crazy). I also notice myself doing it more when I am thinking (stressed).

  5. I too was also known for my long, thick, curly beautiful hair. Not anymore. I was diagnosed with LPP in April 2011. It’s been extremely hard dealing with the hairloss….emotionally. My doctor has me on Plaquenil and topical Clobestol. The Clobestol does help with the itching, but i have not seen a difference in the hairloss. I’m hoping/praying in time, this condition will run it’s course and my hair will grow back.

  6. Can anyone answer this question: can new follicles be grown after LPP has been successfully treated/cured? (everyone who has ever read this question responds by saying that no, dead follicles cannot regrow a new shaft of hair (No kidding). We all know that dead follicles cannot be resurrected. What we all need to know is whether or not New (as in NEW) hair follicles be grown?

    • Kimberly Bishop

      This is a great question! I am doing my best to research this myself. If I find an answer I will post it! I am in the medical field so I have a few ideas of where to look and turn.

    • New hair follicles do not form. If disease in remission hair follicles can be transplanted
      From healthy areas into scarred areas. Tedious procedure, expensive
      and if disease recurs in that area…

  7. Do any of you who have posted also have oral lichen planus? I have had OLP for just over 2 yrs. I developed an bald spot on my scalp about a year ago. My dermatologist biopsied it, said it wasn’t cancer and gave me topical clobestol. Are any of you having any other auto-immune issues? Thanks for your posts. It helps to know others who are dealing with this.

    • Yes, I have had oral lichen planis and now have lichen planopilaris. I first had the oral back in 1981. I had a biopsy to determine it wasn’t cancerous and then no other treatment. It finally went away on its own. In October of 2010 I again noticed the white spots on my tongue. Both my dentist and doctor thought it was lichen planis but no biopsy was done. I was given an RX for a mouth wash — Mary’s Magic Mixture or something like that and it soon went away. Then in April 2011, I first noticed a scab on my scalp. When it hadn’t cleared up I finally saw my dermatologist in September. He prescribed the antibiotic Bactrim, a RX shampoo Ketoconazole and a topical solution Clobetasol. I went back in 6 weeks and he was pleased with the results. He then gave me an injection of steroids into my scalp. To kill anything that was remaining under the scalp he said. If anything it seemed like the injection spread it all over. I only had one bald spot the first area that was affected. It is now filling in. The hair on the top of my head has definitely thinned. The Clobetasol seems to do a good job of clearing the spots up but it seems that no sooner does one clear up than another pops up. Also, the Bactrim strongly affected my liver and kidneys. I was given an RX for plaquenil but my PCP doesn’t want me to take it except as a last resort because of my liver problems.

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