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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is lichen nitidus?

Lichen nitidus is a skin condition with papules/ bumps that appear as a result of inflammation controlled by white blood cells called T lymphocytes. The cause is unknown. It can affect anyone but typically seen in children and young adults. The condition is harmless, non-contagious and rarely cause discomfort.

Symptoms of lichen nitidus

  • Smooth, shiny lump on the skin

  • Skin hardening

  • Thick, leathery skin

  • Skin redness or red bumpy rashes

  • Small bumps on the skin, similar to goose bumps

Questions your doctor may ask to check for lichen nitidus

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose lichen nitidus

  • Is there a shiny or waxy, pearl-like lump on the skin?

  • Do you have hardening of the skin?

  • Do you have any areas of thick or rough skin?

  • Do you have red skin or red spots on the skin?

  • Do you have small bumps (like goose bumps) on your skin?

Treatment for lichen nitidus

Lichen nitidus typically does not require medical treatment. For persistent symptoms that cause discomfort treatment may include medicated creams/ ointments or phototherapy.

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