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Pityriasis Lichenoides Et Varioliformis Acuta (PLEVA)

Last updated March 14, 2018

Reviewed by: Lester Fahrner, MD

Approved by: Krish Tangella MD, MBA, FCAP

Acute Pityriasis Lichenoides is a skin condition of unknown cause that affects young adults and adolescents. In this condition, painful red papules with fluid accumulation form on the skin. Some ulcerate and bleed and form scars on healing.


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  • Acute Pityriasis Lichenoides is a skin condition of unknown cause that affects young adults and adolescents. In this condition, painful red papules with fluid accumulation form on the skin. Some ulcerate and bleed and form scars on healing
  • Pityriasis Lichenoides may be acute or chronic. The acute form can be itchy and painful, while the chronic form is usually without such symptoms
  • It can affect any part of the body, but it chiefly affects the chest, back, and in rare cases, the mouth and genitalia
  • The skin lesions may ‘come and go’; it may remain for a period of few months and then spontaneously disappear. They may return after a symptom-free period of many years
  • In a majority of cases, there is no treatment for Acute Pityriasis Lichenoides. In some individuals, the use of oral antibiotics and phototherapy may be beneficial. The prognosis of mild condition is typically excellent. However, chronic and severe cases are difficult to treat

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First uploaded: June 14, 2017
Last updated: March 14, 2018