Lichen Planus Treatment

Linchen Planus is a chronic, recurrent rash of unknown cause and no established cure. It is due to the inflammation of the skin and the mucus membranes. Usually it affects adults and any part of the body. But, it is found mostly on wrists, ankles, oral and genital tissues. In appearance it is small, flat topped, many sided bumps clustered into rough, scaly plaques on the skin. It is quite itchy and may spontaneously resolve.

Symptoms

  • Blister.
  • Darkening of skin.
  • Peeling.
  • Rashes.
  • Small bump ulcers.
  • Redness of skin.
  • Hair loss.
  • Itching.
  • Mouth ulcers.

                                       

Treatment

Topical treatment and oral histamines can help. For oral lesions topical steroids (cortisone) in special oral preparation is available.  However, these steroids have harmful effects when used on the long run.  Homeopathy offers much better treatments for Linchen Planus in the form of Antim crud., Iris., nuxvomica, and others are given to act on the immune system and provide relief. However, the dosages are given only after a thorough evaluation by a specialist homeopath.


If Ignored

If symptoms are mild, no treatment may be needed. There is no known cure for skin lichen planus, but treatment is often effective in relieving itching and improving the appearance of the rash until it goes away. Lichen planus of the scalp must betreated right away, or the hair of the affected area may never grow back.

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Frequently Asked Qustions


Can Oral Lichen Planus lead to cancer?

Oral lichen planus that appears as white spots or fine lines is probably not related to mouth cancer, but in about 40 percent of cases a more serious type develops. This "erosive" lichen planus causes painful sores and ulcers in the mouth.

Can Lichen Planus be cured?

Lichen planus is not a curable condition. However, when it affects the skin it usually clears within several months (sometimes it may take up to 2 years). Treatment focuses on easing symptoms until the rash clears. Mild cases require no treatment by the doctor, except for periodic observations.