|Oral Lichen Planus
Jul 18, 2007
I read a few articles here on oral lichen planus.
I began having odd oral symptoms about a year ago; at the worst part, it felt like patches of skin were literally peeling off (in the morning I would scrape them out, yuck).
It seems that oral lichen planus is a generic type of condition that could be caused by almost anything.
If indeed this is what I have going on, it seems to respond to rinses with hydrogen peroxide. One would think that this alone would suggest an infection; however, there appear to be some theories that HIV meds can be the cause.
I wonder if, since the initial posting, anyone has more specific information about this and whether there is some concern for oral cancer developing. My doc seemed to think not.
| Response from Dr. Conway
This is not a typical or identified complication of HIV infection, although things like candida have been associated with it. It may be associated with certain drugs, although a specific association with antiretrovirals has been reported. As for the association with malignancy goes, some sources reported that oral squamous cell carcinoma may occur in up to 5% of cases, although this association may be confounded by smoking.
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