Lichen planus or LP is one pruritic, papular outbreak characterize by polygonal shape, violaceous color and sometimes fine scale. You can find it most commonly on flexor surface of upper extremities, on mucous membranes and on genitalia.

This disease can develop on one or several parts of the body. It can appear on the skin or inside the mouth. Sometimes, it appears in both places. Lichen planus can even change the way a person’s fingernails or toenails look. It also can appear on the genitals or a person’s scalp.

LP is very likely one immunologically arbitrated reaction. Lichen planus is one uncommon disorder, which involves an itchy, recurrent, inflammatory lesion or rash on skin or inside mouth. Exact cause of it is unknown, however this disorder looks like it is related to one immune or allergic reaction.

Lichen planus generally affects middle-aged adults. It is less common in children.

Lichen planus can also affect scalp, nails or inside of mouth.

On scalp, LP may cause loss of hair.

LP of nails may cause split or brittle nails.

In mouth, it seems like white lacy patches on tongue or on inside of cheeks.

Sometimes LP affects skin areas where there is any burn or cut.

 

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

The signs and symptoms of lichen planus depend on where it appears on the body.

 

Skin

On the skin, lichen planus often causes bumps that are shiny, firm, and reddish purple. Sometimes the bumps have tiny white lines running through them. These lines are called Wickham’s striae.

Most people get a few bumps. Some people get many bumps, which can appear on different parts of the body. The most common places for these bumps to appear are the wrists, lower back, and ankles, but they can appear anywhere on the skin, including the genitals.

On the legs, the bumps tend to be darker.

 

Mouth (oral lichen planus)

When lichen planus appears inside the mouth, it most commonly occurs on the insides of the cheeks. It also can appear on the tongue, lips, and gums. Inside your mouth, you may have:

Patches of tiny white dots and lines that can look like lace.

Redness and swelling.

Peeling on the gums.

Painful sores (can hurt or burn).

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Nails

When lichen planus appears on the nails, it often appears on just a few nails. Sometimes it appears on all of the nails on a hand or foot. You may see:

Ridges or grooves on the nails.

Splitting or thinning.

Loss of nails (can be temporary or permanent).

 

Scalp (lichen planopilaris)

It is rare, but this disease can develop on the scalp. If it does, you may have the following on your scalp:

Redness and irritation.

Tiny bumps.

Thinning hair or patches of hair loss.

Scars (appear slowly).

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It is known that this disorder can develop after some exposure to possible allergens like dyes, medications and other substances made of chemicals.

It is seen that symptoms increases with emotional strain, possibly because there are changes in a person’s immune system while being in stress.

Lichen planus generally heals by itself within a span of two years

 

DIAGNOSIS-

In majority of cases a rash is usual and one doctor is able to diagnose a condition from a look of rash.

In case of doubt, a patient can give affected skin’s small sample through biopsy under one local anesthetic. They look at a biopsy sample under one microscope. In skin they can see characteristic changes, which confirm a diagnosis.

There is not any cure for skin LP in allopathy, but its treatment is frequently effective for gaining relief from itching and improves appearance of rash, unless it eradicate.

 

HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT

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

The medicines prescribed can minimize the immune reaction responsible for the lesions as well as improve your body’s ability to fight viruses and allergens. Your body will be less prone to recurrent flare-ups and offer sustainable relief.

The homeopathic treatment for lichen planus is based on the individual case study of the patient’s disease, its causes, its spread, the area affected, the genetic pattern, mindset and so on. The medicines thus designed are addressed towards correcting the immunity.

Homoeopathy offers excellent treatment which has a high success rate .It corrects the altered immune system hence gives deep level healing and offers long lasting cure.

It is absolutely harmless, safe and non-toxic.