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Lichen Planus

 

Homeopathic Treatment of Lichen Planus

Lichen Planus is a so called 'incurable' disease which only homeopathy can heal. The goal of treatment is to reduce the symptoms and speed up the healing of the skin / oral lesions due to the lichen planus.

Allopathy or conventional medicine offers a range of treatments for lichen planus which include:

  • Antihistaminics.
  • Lidocaine mouth washes which may numb the area temporarily and make eating more comfortable in oral lichen planus.
  • Topical corticosteroids or oral corticosteroids may be prescribed to reduce inflammation and suppress the immune response.
  • Topical retinoic acid cream and other ointments or creams are prescribed to reduce itching and inflammation.
  • Occlusive dressings may be placed over topical medications to protect the skin from scratching.
  • Ultraviolet therapy.

Cortisone is the most commonly prescribed medicine for lichen planus but sadly, it is not curative. The problem with the use of cortisone is that it gives temporarily relief, only as long as it is being used. Another problem is that the disease recurs after stopping the cortisone and resurfaced diseases are most difficult to handle than when it began, as it becomes resistant.

The patient's awareness about this fact and active co-operation helps the physician / doctor to overcome the crisis and treat the disease. Use of cortisone makes the lichen planus more resistant. Cortisone can even make the lichen planus worse in some cases.

Cortisone, being an immunosuppresive steroid, suppresses lichen planus lesions for some time, without curing it. As a result, some eruptions get better after using cortisone, but more eruptions may appear elsewhere. Cortisone is not effective as a long term treatment for lichen planus, so SAY NO TO STEROIDS.

The homeopathic way of treatment

Homeopathy offers highly effective treatment for lichen planus - proved by research - which has been documented scientifically. Contrary to the allopathic treatment, which is governed by the use of cortisone or steroids, the homeopathic treatment for lichen planus is extremely safe and the cure, long lasting.

The homeopathic treatment of lichen planus is based on the individual case study of the patient's disease, its causes, its spread, the areas affected, the genetic pattern, the mindset and so on. The medicines thus selected heal the lichen planus by stimulating the natural healing processes of the body.

During the course of the homeopathic treatment of any disease in which cortisone in any form is being used, the major challenge is to handle the period of cortisone or steroid withdrawal. However, the homeopathic remedies take control of the situation and the steroids are tapered off slowly. This may take time. The amount of time it takes to overcome the steroid or cortisone withdrawal syndrome depends on the following : the amount of cortisone or steroids used, the duration of cortisone or steroids used, severity of the disease and duration of the disease.

The duration of homeopathic treatment for lichen planus varies from case to case depending on the following factors:

  • Duration of the lichen planus.
  • Areas affected (skin, mouth, genitals, nails, scalp).
  • Extent of spread (only skin or only mouth or skin and mouth and so on).
  • General health and associated diseases.

Lichen planus is a chronic disease and will require a long and planned treatment. There is no short cut.

Why homeopathy for lichen planus

  • It offers excellent treatment, which has a success rate of over 85%.
  • It corrects the altered susceptibility to the disease and hence can heal it totally.
  • It offers a long lasting cure.
  • It is absolutely harmless, safe, non-toxic and effective.

There are 24 homoeopathic remedies which give great relief in lichen planus. However, the correct choice and the resulting relief is a matter of great experience and right judgment on the part of the homeopathic doctor. The treatment is decided after a thorough case taking of the patient. Thus, homeopathic medicines for lichen planus are specially designed for each particular patient, unlike in allopathy.

What is Lichen Planus ?

 

 

The term lichen planus is derived from 2 words - lichen and planus. Lichen refers to a tree moss, while planus is latin for flat. Thus, the literal meaning of lichen planus is like a 'flat, tree moss'.

Lichen planus is a very common skin disorder but it is a very dangerous skin condition. There is recurrent rash that is due to inflammation. This rash can be very itchy and stubborn. The rash is characterized by small, flat-topped, many-sided, violaceous (violetish) bumps that can grow together into rough, scaly patches on the skin.

Lichen planus usually involves the wrists, ankles, genitals and mouth, but can affect any part of the body. It may cause a small number of skin lesions or less often, affect a wide area of the skin and mucous membranes.

Lichen planus occurs most often in men and women between the ages of 30 and 70 years. It is uncommon in very young and elderly people. All racial groups seem susceptible to lichen planus.

Does lichen planus spread by touch ? Is it contagious ?

Lichen planus is not caused by germs, bacteria, virus or fungi. So, it does not spread by touch, sharing utensils or physical contact.

What lichen planus is not ?

To understand what lichen planus is, it is important to note what the disease is not. Lichen planus is not an infectious disease. It is impossible to catch lichen planus from someone or to give it to someone else. The disease is not a form of cancer (although it can turn malignant if untreated or steroids are used), it does not appear to be inherited, and it is not related to nutrition.

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Causes of Lichen Planus

 

The exact cause is unknown, but lichen planus is likely to be related to an allergic or immune reaction. Lichen planus has been known to develop after exposure to potential allergens such as tobacco, medications, dyes, and other chemical substances.

Symptoms are increased with emotional stress, possibly because of changes in the immune system during stress. Stress has a great bearing to lichen planus.

Chemicals or medications associated with development of lichen planus include gold (used to treat rheumatoid arthritis), antibiotics, arsenic, iodides, chloroquinone, quinacrine, quinidine, antimony, phenothiazines, diuretics such as chlorothiazide, and many others.

Lichen planus may be associated with several other disorders, most notably hepatitis C.

Symptoms of Lichen Planus

 

  • Itching rashes - which may be mild to severe.

Lichen planus of the skin

 

Lichen planus of the skin is characterized by violaceous (reddish-purple), flat-topped bumps that may be very itchy. Some may have a white lacy appearance, in straight lines, called Wickham's striae. They can be anywhere on the body, but seem to favour the inside of the wrists and ankles. Lichen planus can also occur on the lower back, neck, legs, genitals, and in rare cases, the scalp and nails. Lichen planus on the legs is usually darker in appearance. There may be thick patches, especially on the shins. Blisters are rare, except in special cases. Another clue to the diagnosis is that lesions may occur in areas exposed to trauma, such as lacerations. This tendency is known as an isomorphic response, or Koebner's phenomenon. Lesions often resolve with intense hyperpigmentation. Some physicians describe lichen planus with the six "Ps":pruritic, polygonal, planar (flat-topped),purple,papules and plaques. While some patients may be asymptomatic, most experience intense pruritus, a hallmark of lichen planus. While the typical appearance of lichen planus makes the disease somewhat easy to identify, a skin biopsy may be needed to confirm the diagnosis.

Lichen planus of the skin causes severe itching. As it heals, lichen planus often leaves a dark brown discolouration on the skin. These marks may eventually fade with time and treatment.

Lichen planus of the mouth

Lichen planus of the mouth most commonly occurs on the inside of the cheeks, but can affect the tongue, lips, and gums. Oral lichen planus is more difficult to treat. About 1 in 5 people who have oral lichen planus also have lichen planus on the skin.

Oral lichen planus typically appears as patches of fine white lines and dots. More severe forms of oral lichen planus can cause painful sores and ulcers in the mouth. A biopsy of the affected tissue may be needed, to confirm a diagnosis.

Patients with oral lichen planus may be at a slightly increased risk of developing oral cancer. It is wise to discontinue the use of alcohol and tobacco products, because of the increased risk. Regular visits to the doctor for an oral cancer screening is recommended.

Lichen planus of the genitals

Lichen planus of the genitals is less common in men than women. About 1 in 5 women have vulvar or vaginal lichen planus. It may cause red areas or open sores causing pain, especially with sexual intercourse.

Nail involvement

Nail changes have been observed in lichen planus. The majority of nail changes result from damage to the nail matrix, or nail root. Nail changes can occur with or without skin involvement.

Nail changes associated with lichen planus include longitudinal ridging and grooving, splitting, nail thinning and nail loss. In severe cases, the nail may be temporarily or permanently destroyed.

Scalp involvement

Lichen planus can affect hairy areas such as the scalp in rare cases. This is called lichen planopilaris and can lead to redness, irritation, and in some cases, permanent hair loss.

How is Lichen Planus Diagnosed ?

 

Usually, lichen planus is relatively straight forward to diagnose. Physicians can make the diagnosis in typical cases, simply by looking at the rash. If necessary, a skin biopsy may be done to help confirm the diagnosis. Persistent oral or vaginal lichen planus, with spots that thicken and grow together, can sometimes be difficult to distinguish clinically from whitish, precancerous plaques called leukoplakia. A biopsy can be helpful in this situation.

Widespread lichen planus with erosions in the mouth can also be confusing. A biopsy may be required to distinguish this from other conditions such as candidiasis (yeast infection), carcinoma (cancer), and ulcers in the mouth (aphthous ulcers).

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