Lichen Planus is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory condition that affects your skin, hair, scalp, nails, and mucous membranes. On the skin, lichen planus usually appears as round, irregular, thickened, purplish, and flat-topped bumps accompanied with itching and roughness of the skin, thereby increasing the discomfort of the affected individual. However, you can easily and safely control it with homeopathy. Read on to learn more about lichen planus and homeopathic way of treating lichen planus effectively.
Lichen planus can affect various parts of your body. In case of oral lichen planus, you may develop white streaks on the mucosa of mouth, gums, and tongue. Also, you may suffer from the discomfort of ulcers in your oral mucosa or any other part of your mouth. The ulceration resulting due to oral lichen planus can be extensive or mild. And, it can cause pain and burning discomfort in your mouth while eating hot or spicy food.
Genital lichen planus can lead to the development of white streaks or ulcers on the vagina, prepuce, vulva, or shaft of the penis. Also, genital lichen planus can be painful and discomforting in both the sexes. If you happen to suffer from lichen planus of nails, you may develop deformed and ridged nails.
Oral and genital lichen planus is more painful and more difficult to treat as compared to lichen planus affecting the skin. Also, lichen planus has a tendency to relapse after some months or years.
Lichen planus is found to be an immunologically mediated disease, where the immune system mistakenly attacks cells of the skin or mucous membranes. The exact cause or mechanism of lichen planus is not very clearly understood, but some triggers are clinically found to be responsible for lichen planus:
- Medicines: Certain medicine like Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), medications for heart disease, high blood pressure, gout, arthritis, and other such medications can trigger the symptoms of lichen planus.
- Chemicals: Coming in the contact with certain specific chemicals (such as paraphenylenediamine) and drugs (such as Quinacrine, Arsenic compounds, certain metals like Bismuth, Gold), the exposure to light during the process of photography development, and similar exposure to harmful chemicals can trigger lichen planus.
- Certain genetic factors: It is observed that if there is some autoimmune disease, such as Lichen Planus, eczema, cancer, psoriasis, etc., in the family then it’s suggestive of a genetic link.
- Stress: Intense and long-standing emotional stress, such as traumatic childhood, shock, anxiety, sadness, humiliation, disappointment, failure, and other stressful events, often initiates the symptoms of lichen planus. Intense stress and anxiety are likely to trigger some immunological processes, which result in the development of the symptoms lichen planus.
Lichen planus can be diagnosed clinically by examination of the lesions. In case of doubt, to confirm the diagnosis, a biopsy would help.
The expressions and symptoms of lichen planus appear on skin, mouth, genitals, nails, or scalp, but the root cause of the disease is altered an immune system that is governed by some genetic factors.
Most of the times in conventional mode, the treatment of lichen planus is done superficially, by applying cortisone or similar such immunosuppressive medicine, so the disease gets better superficially. However, re-surfacing of the eruptions occurs as soon as the effect of the medicine is over. Relapse of lichen planus occurring after some weeks or months after stopping cortisone will be even more resistant (more difficult to treat).
It means that the effective treatment for lichen planus needs to be focused on rectifying or enhancing the affected individual’s immune system. If this is done, the disease would be treated for a long time. Lichen planus is a chronic disease, which will need a long and well-planned treatment. Homeopathic treatment for lichen planus is highly effective and it has been scientifically documented. The homeopathic way of treatment for lichen planus corrects the altered immune system as well as it influences the genetic tendencies. In this way, lichen planus can be treated with homeopathy to achieve remission for a longer period than usual in more effective, harmless, and in a safer manner than usual.
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-Written by Dr. Aparna, Associate doctor to Dr. Rajesh Shah