Lichen Striatus

This patient information and photograph on Lichen Striatus is provided by John L. Meisenheimer, M.D. a board certified Dermatologist and skin care specialist based in Orlando, Florida. This information is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice or treatment of a dermatologist or other physician.

What is it?

Lichen StriatusLichen Striatus is a peculiar disorder of the skin. It is most frequently seen in children between the ages of 5-10, but can occasionally be seen in adults. Girls tend to get this condition more commonly than boys. Typically it appears as a linear band of multiple rough bumps limited to one side of the body. Although it usually appears on the arms or legs it can also appear on the face or torso. Lichen Striatus is typically an asymptomatic condition, but mild itching may occasionally be present. 

What causes it?

The cause of Lichen Striatus is unknown.

Is it dangerous?

This is a harmless disorder. It is not related to cancer and it does not involve internal organs. 

Can it be cured?

The condition is self-limiting resolving on it’s own usually in under a year. Treatment can improve the condition in some cases.

Will it spread?

The eruption usually grows over a few days to a few weeks. The band may be several inches long at its finish. It does not spread to other areas of the body.

Is it contagious?

Lichen Striatus is not contagious and you cannot catch it from anyone.

© John “Lucky” Meisenheimer, M.D.  2019