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  • If you suppress Lichen Planus by cortisone, you are likely to have more severe Lichen Planus.

    It can spread from skin to mouth and genitals. This observation is based on Dr Shah’s extensive experience

  • At Life Force, we have treated even Oral Surgeon having Oral Lichen Planus.

    Doctors of all specialties have been treated at Life Force for various diseases

  • Lichen Planus can affect skin, mouth, genitals, nails and scalp.

    The duration of treatment may depend on the extent of the disease. Lichen Planus only on the skin is easier to treat than one on skin + mouth + genitals.

  • It is rare that Lichen Planus may turn into Cancer.

    Patients with Oral Lichen Planus may be suggested biopsy if the lesions are resistant to treat.

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Oral Lichen Planus: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

 

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.

Oral Lichen Planus on Tongue & Gums Before After Treatment

Cases of Oral Lichen Planus (Tongue and Gums) treated at Life Force: Before and after

Oral Lichen Planus on Gums Before Treatment    Lichen Planus of Mouth on Lower Front Teeth Gums     

Cases of Oral Lichen Planus (Gums,Palate,Inner cheeks etc.)

         Lichen Planus of Mouth on Upper Front Teeth Gums

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.

Causes of Oral Lichen Planus

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)
  • Sulfonylureas
  • Antimalarials
  • Beta-blockers
  • Certain angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
Lichen Planus on Lips

Symptoms of Oral Lichen Planus

  • Generally, the onset of oral Lichen Planus is insidious and patients are unaware of its commencement. Usually the medical or dental practitioner identifies the clinical changes in the oral mucosa on routine examination.
  • Common symptoms include sensation of roughness in the lining of the mouth, sensitivity to hot or spicy foods, soreness of oral mucosa and gums, red or white patches on the oral mucosa and gums, or oral ulcerations.
  • The lesions of oral Lichen Planus are usually bilateral.
  • Oral Lichen Planus lesions may be associated with patchy brown melanin (pigment) deposits in the oral mucosa.

Treatment for Oral Lichen Planus:

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.

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