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Hair loss in patches, scars on scalp, diagnosed as lichen planus. Prescribed steroids. What could be its side effects?

Hi, I am facing loss hair loss in patches with scars on my scalp. I also had a history of mouth ulcers few years back. Condition was diagnosed as lichen planus . Doctor recommended some steroids (Betnasol forte) for 3 months (10 mg of steroid per week) along with some calcium tablets and antacids. Can you please explain the side effects of taking steroid for such long time as well as the surity of disease to be cured. Thanks
Asked On : Thu, 19 Jul 2012
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Thanks for the question,
The condition you have described is called lichen planopilaris which may cause scaring ALopecia and mouth ulcers .your doctor has given you right medicines and steroids are indicated.the side effects of long term steroids are strie formation,weight gain and moon face etc this medicine shield not be stopped abruptly but slowly tapered off .
Always consult your dermatologist and bye .
Answered: Thu, 19 Jul 2012
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