By Gary M. White, MD

Lichen nitidus

Lichen nitidus is an uncommon, benign papular eruption of unknown etiology.


Innumerable, tiny, 1 mm papules are characteristic of lichen nitidus. Many sites may be affected including the penis. Koebnerization may occur.


No treatment is needed. A medium to high potency topical steroid may be given. Other treatments for widespread involvement have included PUVA, acitretin and observation.

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The Koebner phenomenon.
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Lichen nitidus of the soles. JAAD 2015;73;e101–e103


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