Palliative treatment of fingernail lichen planus

J Drugs Dermatol. 2007 Feb;6(2):202-4.


Lichen planus of the nails is a destructive inflammatory onychodystrophy that is often difficult to treat. We report a case of treatment with combined topical therapy of tazarotene gel and clobetasol gel. This modality may be effective for patients with nail lichen planus without the potential adverse affects of systemic treatments.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Topical
  • Aged
  • Clobetasol / therapeutic use
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Female
  • Gels
  • Humans
  • Lichen Planus / drug therapy*
  • Nail Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Nicotinic Acids / therapeutic use
  • Palliative Care / methods*


  • Gels
  • Nicotinic Acids
  • tazarotene
  • Clobetasol