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Lichen planus, dizziness

Created date

January 23rd, 2014

Q. A few years ago I was diagnosed with a skin condition called lichen planus. It went away but has come back three times since then. What could be causing it?

A. Lichen planus is an itchy skin rash that can also in some instances cause painful mouth sores. The exact cause is unknown, but it might be related to an allergy or immune system problem. Lichen planus is treatable with medication and it usually clears up, but it is considered a chronic condition and so it may flare up periodically. Many other conditions can also cause an itchy skin rash. Sometimes medications can exacerbate it, so have your doctor evaluate and all of your medicines—prescription and over-the-counter. Your doctor can also decide if you need to see a specialist for treatment.

Q. I am in good health, but every now and then I feel dizzy. Will this get worse with age?

A. Dizziness does not necessarily accompany the aging process, but certain conditions or medications may make you more prone to it. For instance, having the flu, allergies, a common cold, or low blood sugar might cause periodic dizziness. Some people on blood pressure medications feel woozy when they sit up or stand up too quickly. If your episodes of dizziness also include a loss of balance, or if you feel as if the room is spinning, you may have a balance disorder that can be caused by an inner ear problem. Dizziness of any kind should be evaluated by your doctor because it puts you at a high risk for falls.


Betsy Moody, M.D.

Medical Director, Ponds

Hingham, Mass.

Dr. Moody received her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in Medford, Mass., and her medical degree from University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Moody is board-certified in internal medicine and geriatrics. She joined Linden Ponds in March 2013.