Oral Lichen Planus is a chronic inflammatory, non-infectious disease that causes lesions on the buccal mucosa, tongue and/or gums. It affects approximately 1-2% of the general adult population. Although oral Lichen Planus predominantly occurs in adults older than 40 years, younger adults and children can also be affected.Lichen Planus may affect either skin or mouth or genitals or the nails; or in any combination of two or more. In a large study at Life Force, we have not come across many cases of children having oral Lichen Planus.
Cases of Oral Lichen Planus (Tongue and Gums) treated at Life Force: Before and after
|Cases of Oral Lichen Planus (Gums,Palate,Inner cheeks etc.)|
The role of autoimmunity in the pathogenesis of oral Lichen Planus is supported by many studies. It may be induced by certain drugs (mentioned below), contact allergens in dental materials or toothpastes, mechanical trauma, viral infection or some unidentified agents.
Oral Lichen Planus may be caused by more than one cause. Some drugs often induce it. Stress is also a major trigger factor. Genetic factor is usually found in the back ground. Oral Lichen Planus is considered pre-cancerous. However, it is not so common for Oral Lichen Planus to turn cancerous. Click here to understand the causes in detail.
Some of the commonly known drugs inducing Lichen Planus are:
• Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
• Certain angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
We, at Life Force have worked on Lichen Planus for over two decades, and have been able to treat most cases with success using homeopathy, which is individualized, effective and very safe.