Lichen Planus of ankles/calves

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Hi. New to this group! I had the symptoms before for about a year, and then it 'burned' it self out. In the last couple of weeks (after a short course of antibiotics) it's come back :-( it seems worse on my calves this time!

Any ideas on how to ease the itch, the burning/stinging sensation under the skin? And the reduce the appearance? How can I wear skirts/dresses when they look so bad :-(

Thank in advance!!

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    Massive amounts of Cortisone Cream spread all over your legs, twice a day. Keep it up for 3 weeks after its gone. If that doesn't work glhave your doctor put you on a steroid for about 2 - 3 weeks. I am NOT a doctor and do not play one on T.V.
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    Steroid cream has beaten mine back when it appears.

    That said, the LP may be caused by a reaction to that antibiotic, since they occured so close together.  Cutaneous LP is often caused by a drug reaction.

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      True. Another thing I thought of since I answered that is I took Vitamin D. And drank Vitamin D plus Calcium orange juice. (Minus the pulp for me). Now I take it in my Calcium tablet (calcium plus D). Cortisone Cream is a necessity !!!
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    I got the cortisone cream and been applying twice daily and can say that it's really calmed it down. Thank you for the suggestion! So vitamin d supplements are next on the list to try!! What about reducing the appearance of the red marks? Huff!!!
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      Cortisone Cream will help with that. However if you mean the scars left behind, I use an over-the-counter scar reducing cream. About $20 a tube. Your regular pharmicist can suggest a brand. It's just become part of my daily routine just like brushing teeth and putting on deodorant. Happy Holidays.
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    Hi I am new to both this site and LP! Have been using Betamethasone on arms and calves for about 6 wks, but worried about my fingers with the cream. So I started using Sudacrem just to see if it made any difference -as it works wonders on nappy rash! Well on me it certainly takes the redness away and I think it improves the look, you can also use it as much per day as you like. I still have other 'breakouts' but for me it certainly helps.

     

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      I used sudocream as well but it just didn't get rid of the itch. So I took the advice above and got the boots hydrocortisone cream and it's worked wonders. Hardly no itch, the rash is still there but it's improved a great deal. Never realised that once you had one break out it would just continue for life :-(
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    It says in the information that it lasts 6-12 months and possible up to 18!!! Not good! I was worried about using cortisone cream as it thins your skin and I was told that when scratching say the back of your hand you could tear the skin! Will try vitamin D, mine doesn't itch that much luckily. Just when you think it seems to be going it comes straight back. Have you tried UVA therapy? Not sure what Uva they mean, I thought of going on a sunned for about 5 mins to see if it made any difference. Good luck
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      Cortisone Cream doesn't thin out your skin so fast or so much that you would need to worry about tearing your skin open while scratching. I promise. I've had to use it for YEARS and there's no sign of skin thinning. And I'm old.
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      Thank you, the nurse practitioner told me that! I have been using Betamethasone, but only used it so far for about 6 wks, my fingers have been feeling sore though.
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