Skin and hair conditions have become very common in today’s times. You never know when some condition may affect you and pose a threat to your health. Lichen Planopilaris is a rare inflammatory disease of the hair, causing hair loss and scarring of the scalp. It can affect you in your middle age. This disease is more common in women, however, the onset of this disease in men is at a much earlier age than in women.
Lichen Planopilaris Causes
The causes of the disease are unknown, but it can be attributed to immune disorders where the white blood cells start producing unknown antigens and attack the skin cells. There may sometimes be some genes associated with attacking the immune system, however the condition is not hereditary.
Lichen Planopilaris can be closely associated with lichen planus. Lichen planus is a condition that affects the skin, mouth and mucous membranes of a person. When the effect is on the hair, in form of smooth white patches and scarring hair loss, the condition is named as lichen planopilaris. The symptoms are usually absent, but the condition may be accompanied by itchiness, discomfort, burning and sometimes blistering. There is often redness at the edges of the scars and patches and around the hair follicles.
Lichen Planopilaris is diagnosed upon carefully examining the hair, skin, mouth and nails. Presence of lichen planus elsewhere on any part of body is also checked for. The initial diagnosis is further confirmed by a scalp biopsy, where the affected area of the scalp and hair is removed under local anesthetics, to send the samples for testing.
Treatments For Lichen Planopilaris
Although there is no cure as yet for lichen planopilaris, but this condition can be controlled with help of some topical and oral treatments. Efforts are made to stop the further spreading of the disease and relieve the patient of the pain and redness by using creams, gels, tablets and other anti-inflammatory treatments. In severe situations, surgeries such as scalp reduction and hair transplantation can be done.
However, there is no way that the lost hair could be regrown, especially when the area has developed scarring. So, the treatments majorly aim at preventing any further hair loss. So, the patients must be careful and come in for treatment at the earliest, right upon the onset and noticing of the situation, so that they may avail of treatment in time and minimal damage is caused to them.
Also, the results of treatment are highly variable and some people might not respond to any kind of treatment, or the condition may worsen at times. But, we eliminate all these risk factors. With us, you are in safe hands as we use advanced technologies for the treatments and begin the treatment after an in-depth diagnosis, so that we provide you with what suits you the best and you get treated successfully with positive results. With the technologies and equipments we use, the treatments are painless, and you can stay relieved of any risk of side-effects. We offer treatments that have minimal or no side-effects at all.
Many people choose to not get a treatment for this situation and try to hide it with hair pieces, wigs and hats. Well, that is a good option, but it is best to get treated. And there seems no good reason that you should expose yourself to further risks of the condition spreading, or that you should bear the pain and discomfort, when you have the chance to get an effective, result-oriented Lichen Planopilaris treatment. So, book your appointment and choose relief over pain!