Pityriasis Lichenoides

A rare cutaneous disorder of unknown etiology that can present either as an acute condition, with multiple papular lesions which become vesicular and necrotic (pityriasis lichenoides et varioliformis acuta) or chronic, with small, scaling papules (pityriasis lichenoides chronica).

Symptoms of Pityriasis Lichenoides

The following features are indicative of Pityriasis Lichenoides:
  • headache
  • fever
  • joint pain
  • malaise
  • swelling of nearby lymph nodes
It is possible that Pityriasis Lichenoides shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Pityriasis Lichenoides

The following are the most common causes of Pityriasis Lichenoides:
  • inflammatory immune response to an unknown foreign agent
  • due to possibility of a low-grade or self-limited lymphoproliferative disorder
  • reaction to a bacterial or viral infection

Prevention of Pityriasis Lichenoides

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Pityriasis Lichenoides. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • exposure to natural sunlight

Occurrence of Pityriasis Lichenoides

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Pityriasis Lichenoides cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Rare between 10K - 50K cases

Common Age Group

Pityriasis Lichenoides can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Pityriasis Lichenoides can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Pityriasis Lichenoides

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Pityriasis Lichenoides:
  • Clinical Examination: Helps in identification of characteristic skin lesions
  • Tissue Biopsy: To diagnose an affected tissue

Doctor for Diagnosis of Pityriasis Lichenoides

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Pityriasis Lichenoides:
  • Dermatologist

Complications of Pityriasis Lichenoides if untreated

Yes, Pityriasis Lichenoides causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Pityriasis Lichenoides is left untreated:
  • premature labor
  • premature rupturing of the maternal membranes

Procedures for Treatment of Pityriasis Lichenoides

The following procedures are used to treat Pityriasis Lichenoides:
  • PUVA (psoralens and ultraviolet A light) Treatment: Helps in treating the symptoms of Pityriasis lichenoides

Patient Support for Treatment of Pityriasis Lichenoides

The following actions may help Pityriasis Lichenoides patients:
  • Join support and advocacy groups: Helps to connect with other patients and families and provide valuable services for better treatments and possible cures of Pityriasis lichenoides

Time for Treatment of Pityriasis Lichenoides

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Pityriasis Lichenoides to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 1 - 4 weeks

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This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Pityriasis Lichenoides.

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