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I have just been diagnosed with oral lichen planus. What is

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I have just been diagnosed with oral lichen planus. What is this and should I have cause for concern?
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Sorry for repeating question. I look forward to your response.
Expert:  Dr Uzair replied 1 year ago.
Hi and thanks for query,It is basically an inflammatory condition that affects mucous membranes inside your mouth. Oral lichen planus may appear as white, lacy patches; red, swollen tissues; or open sores. These lesions may cause burning, pain or other discomfort. Cause is usually unknown but sometimes associated with allergies, certain drugs including NSAIDs and hepatitis B and C.If you have no pain or discomfort and if only white, lacy lesions are present, you may not need any treatment. For more severe symptoms, you may need steroids, retinoids and immunosuppresant drugs.It can be a risk factor of oral cancer so you should monitor it strictly. Cancer screening should be done annually or as advised by your doctor.You should practice good oral hygiene and cut on spicy food and alcohol and smoking and stress.Let me know if you have further questions.Please do leave a positive rating by clicking on stars on top right corner.Wish you good health.
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