Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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How Can I Treat My Itchy Skin?

Thursday, 24 Jan 2013 09:41 AM

Question: I have the most awful case of lichen planus on my lower legs. It is very itchy and the lesions are horrible. My dermatologist says it may be caused by my blood pressure medication. I have switched drugs and it has gotten better, but it hasn’t gone away. Do you have any suggestions?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

Lichen planus is a chronic nonmalignant skin condition. It can be triggered by drugs, irritants, and some diseases. Its cause is unknown. It sounds like your dermatologist was correct so far. Now is a good time to seek recommendations on treatment options.

Often a low-potency steroid cream is used for mild cases, but others may require oral medication. A skin biopsy may be a good idea. Treatment is best recommended by your personal physician or dermatologist who can adjust the dose according to your specific condition, needs, and response.

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