What can be done to prevent the condition?
No means of preventing lichen planus are known at this time. Avoiding certain chemicals and medications may reduce flare-ups in someone with this disorder.
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
Skin lesions of lichen planus that persist may be associated with hair loss and complete nail loss. Long-term lichen planus within the mouth and the genital region has been associated with genital and oral cancer.
What are the risks to others?
Lichen planus is not contagious and poses no risks to others.