Lichen planus on the scalp

Lichen Planus On The Scalp: What Is It And How To Treat It

Hair can fall out for many reasons. The development of a type of alopecia It is one of the main factors that interfere with hair loss. One of them is the lichen planus on the scalp: what is it? What are your symptoms? Is it possible to fix it?

In the blog de Hospital Capilar, clinic specialized in hair medicine, we give you the keys to lichen planus in the hair.

What is lichen planus on the scalp?

Lichen planus on the scalp is considered a type of scarring alopecia, since in the affected areas it generates scar tissue. As with the rest of alopecias, lichen planus causes the destruction of the hair follicle triggering imminent hair loss, which, according to our doctors, it will not grow back naturally.

The main characteristics of lichen planus with which to differentiate with other scalp diseases is the appearance of accumulations of keratin on the scalp, which later become hairless areas. It is a pathology that affects older women to a greater extent, although cases can also occur in men.

Causes of lichen planus in the hair

As with other hair pathologies, the origin of lichen planus on the scalp has not been determined. Of course, it is considered that it is the person's own immune system that attacks the hair follicles causing permanent hair loss.

The factors that trigger white blood cells to attack other cells are not known for sure, but it can interfere with taking certain medications or the development of other diseases. In no case is it a contagious disease.

How to identify lichen planus on the scalp?: Symptoms

The key to reducing the effects of lichen planus on the scalp is to detect it early so that it can be treated as soon as possible. For it, it is key to know how to identify the symptoms of lichen planus in the hair and thus go to a specialized hair clinic.

Itching and burning of the scalp

People with lichen planus experience some discomfort related to itching and burning in the affected areas of the scalp.

Appearance of reddish blisters

The accumulation of keratin around the hair follicles manifests itself with the appearance of reddish blisters or pustules. This causes itching, burning and inflammation of the area.

Appearance of scabs

When those reddish blisters break, scabs appear on the scalp. The tissue becomes scar tissue, that is, it leaves behind a scar where hair will not grow back naturally.

Hair loss forming hairless patches

Another symptom of lichen planus on the scalp is hair loss in areas. That is, hairless patches will appear around the head accompanied by scar tissue.

Lichen Planus Treatment

To this day, there is still no cure as such with which to put an end to lichen planus. However, you can use certain hair treatments to reduce the visual impact and the effects on the hair.

Use of corticosteroids

If the specialist doctor so requires, he can recommend the topical use of corticosteroid creams in the affected areas of the scalp.

oral drugs

Another option is the consumption of certain drugs orally. In these cases, it must be the doctor who determines which one to take in each case, since he must carry out a rigorous medical control.

Hair graft with FUE technique

Is hair transplant possible in patients with lichen planus? The truth is that it depends on each particular case. In those patients whose alopecia has been controlled with other types of treatments and after evaluation by the medical team, it is possible to perform a hair graft with FUE technique to recover the hair in those areas without density.

It is important to bear in mind that if the lichen planus on the scalp becomes active again, causing episodes of inflammation, the grafts, as well as the native hair, may fall out again. This is why it is important for an expert medical team to determine the feasibility of hair transplantation in patients with lichen planus.

Hair graft with mixed FUE and FUE technique DHI

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