Lichen planus is a condition that forms an itchy rash on the skin or in the mouth.

 

Causes

The exact cause of lichen planus is unknown. It may be related to an allergic or immune reaction.

 

Risks for the condition include

  • Exposure to medicines, dyes, and other chemicals (including gold, antibiotics, arsenic, iodides, chloroquine, quinacrine, quinide, phenothiazines, and diuretics)
  • Diseases such as hepatitis C
  • Lichen planus mostly affects middle-aged adults.

 

Symptoms

Mouth sores

  • May be tender or painful
  • Are located on the sides of the tongue, inside of the cheek, or gums
  • Look like blue-white spots or "pimples"
  • Form lines in a lacy network
  • Gradually increase in size of the affected area
  • Sometimes form painful ulcers

 

Skin sores

  • Are usually found on the inner wrist, legs, torso, or genitals
  • Are itchy
  • Have even sides (symmetrical) and sharp borders
  • Occur in single lesion or clusters
  • May be covered with thin white streaks or scratch marks (called Wickham's striae)
  • Are shiny or scaly looking
  • Have a dark, reddish-purple color on the skin or are gray-white in the mout
  • May develop blisters or ulcers

 

Other symptoms

  • Dry mouth
  • Hair loss
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Ridges in the nails (nail abnormalities)

 

Lichen Planus Treatment 

Lichen planus appears on skin, mouth, genitals, nails or scalp; its roots are found in the immune system, which is governed by some genetic factors. It means, the treatment for Lichen planus has to be aimed by correcting  the immune system. If this is done, the disease would be treated  for a long time. 

Homeopathy and herbal medicines offer research proven and highly effective treatment for Lichen Planus which has been scientifically documented. Contrary to the conventional treatment, which is governed by the use of cortisone, homeopathic treatment is amazingly curative, safe and longer lasting. At Astha Clinic, we have researched on Lichen planus for over eighteen years.

 

Our homeopathic and herbal treatment for lichen planus is based on the individual case study. The total length of treatment varies form case to case, depending on the following factors

  • Duration of Lichen Planus
  • Areas affected (Skin, mouth, genitals, nails, scalp)
  • Extent of spread (Only skin or only mouth or skin with mouth, combination of parts, etc.)
  • Previous medication (Extensive use of oral cortisone may delay the course of treatment)
  • General health and associated diseases

One may expect a definite change in about three to five months, depending on the extent. The total length of medication may be anything between six months to two years or longer.