Lichen planopilaris is a rare inflammatory condition that results in patchy progressive permanent hair loss mainly on the scalp. This disease can develop on one or several parts of the body. It can appear on the skin or inside the mouth. Sometimes, it appears in both places. Lichen planus can even change the way a person’s fingernails or toenails look. It can also appear on the genitals or a person’s scalp.
HOW IS LICHEN PLANOPILARIS DIAGNOSED?
Lichen Planopilaris is mostly associated with lichen planus, therefore a dermatologist would carry out a physical examination to check for signs or symptoms of the disorder which usually affects the mouth, nails and skin. A trichoscopy to study hair follicles and a scalp biopsy would be advised.
HOW IS LICHEN PLANOPILARIS TREATED?
The various treatment options here include Corticosteroids given as both ointment and oral pill along with topical tacrolimus and hydroxychloroquine. Along with this cosmetic surgery could be required to camouflage the hair fall and bald patches that form along with scalp. In certain cases, hair transplantation surgery is also recommended.