Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Thula | 2017/11/21

Q.

My 9 year old daughter has lichen planus. We received treatment from the doctor and it went away. But now it has come back. Can you assist?

We got an emulsifying ointment and Dovate ointment from the doctor and it helped. Can i still continue using that treatment or can we try something else?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician
- 2017/11/22

Lichen planus is extremely rare in children and the only way to be sure of this diagnosis is to do a biopsy. Was your daughter seen by a dermatologist and was a biopsy done to make the diagnosis of lichen planus? If the answer to these two questions is 'No' your daughter must be seen by a dermatologist The usual treatment of lichen planus is to use a cortisone ointment, but it is common for dark marks to remain on the skin in the places where the lichen planus rash was before the treatment was started. Dovate is a strong cortisone ointment and it is possible that the dermatologist may decide to use a milder cortisone ointment, but once gain it is essential to be sure that the diagnosis is correct.

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