Lichen Nitidus: Tiny Bumps on the Skin
Lichen Nitidus is a bumpy rash that typically develops in children and young adults, but it can affect anyone. It’s not known what causes it, but luckily it isn’t harmful. “It appears as clusters of bumps or papules which are smaller than a pinhead. They tend to be flat-topped and round, and usually the same color as your skin, although sometimes they are pink or hypopigmented,” says Dr. Kellie Reed, board certified Dermatologist at Sanova Dermatology. They commonly appear on the chest, abdomen, arms, and genitals. Sometimes they may be itchy.
In most cases, lichen nitidus will clear up on its own. If it is itchy or causes concerns, your doctor may prescribe topical or oral corticosteroids to reduce inflammation, retinoid, or antihistamines to relieve itching. “A topical drug called tacrolimus can also help,” shares Dr. Reed. ” if these treatments fail, an in-office procedure known as phototherapy can also be used.”
The bottom line is that lichen nitidus is a harmless skin condition. Due to the vast amount of skin conditions that are contagious, it’s important to be diagnosed by a doctor to be sure that it is indeed lichen nitidus.
Photo credit: Mehta V, Balachandran C (2008). "Generalized lichen nitidus in childhood". Indian J Dermatol.