Lichen nitidus is a rare skin disease and is mainly seen in children
and young adults. It is characterized by small papules, ranging in size
from pin-point to pin-head-sized. Lichen nitidus is mostly asymptomatic
or may be somewhat itchy. The disease is benign and self-limiting.
nitidus papules are very small and have a flat or somewhat dome-shaped
Although they may be closely grouped the papules usually remain
are mostly found on the arms, the abdomen, chest, buttocks and penis
may arise in any part of the skin. The colour may range from whitish to
flesh-coloured. Also nail changes (pitting of the nail plate) may occur.
is the cause?
The cause of lichen nitidus is unknown.
disease is self-limiting and often asymptomatic, treatment is not often
required. Mild topical steroid creams can be of help in case of
treatment has been described to be efficacious in generalized forms of