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Lichen Striatus in Children


Lichen striatus

is a condition that causes a long streak or band of flesh colored or red bumps to form on your child's skin. These bumps usually develop on an arm or leg. It can also occur on other parts of your child's body, such as his or her chest or face. Lichen striatus usually does not cause any symptoms, but it may cause itching. The cause of lichen striatus is unknown.

Contact your child's healthcare provider if:

  • Your child has any new signs or symptoms.
  • You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.


is usually not needed. Lichen striatus usually goes away on its own within a year. Your child's healthcare provider may recommend a steroid cream or ointment to relieve itching. He or she may also recommend a topical medicine called retinoids. Retinoids may help lichen striatus to heal faster. As the bumps go away, white or dark spots may remain on your child's skin.

Follow up with your child's doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.

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