Individuals diagnosed with Lichen Planopilaris would have patchy permanent hair loss on the scalp. Itching, pain, tenderness, discomfort or a burning sensation around or near the hair where the hair loss has occurred could be experienced by the patient.
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.
DID YOU KNOW?
Early diagnosis of the problem can help in recognising the disease and also ensure quicker treatment to prevent Lichen Planopilaris from spreading too far.