What are the treatment options for widespread lichen planus?

Updated: Feb 24, 2020
  • Author: Tsu-Yi Chuang, MD, MPH, FAAD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Patients with widespread lichen planus may respond to the following:

  • Narrow-band or broadband UV-B radiation [12, 7, 8]

  • Psoralen with UV-A (PUVA) radiation; [7, 8] use of topical ointment at the time of UV-A treatment may decrease the effectiveness of PUVA; precautions should be taken for persons with a history of skin cancers or hepatic insufficiency

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.

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