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Lichen Striatus in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is lichen striatus?

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.

How is lichen striatus diagnosed?

Your child's healthcare provider will examine his or her skin. The provider will also ask when you noticed the bumps, and how long your child has had them. He or she may also ask if your child has any other symptoms. A sample of your child's skin may be taken and sent to a lab for tests.

How is lichen striatus treated?

Treatment 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.

When should I contact my child's healthcare provider?

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