The goal of treatment is to reduce your symptoms and speed healing of the skin lesions. If symptoms are mild, you may not need treatment.
Treatments may include:
Lichen planus is usually not harmful and may get better with treatment. It usually clears up within 18 months.
However it may last for weeks to months, and may come and go for years. It usually clears up within 18 months.
If lichen planus is caused by a medication, the rash should go away once the medicine is stopped.
Call your health care provider if:
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