Painfulness in Oral Lichen Planus is a big challenge for the patients as they are more affected by the pain rather than the lesions of Lichen Planus.
Oral Lichen Planus is a chronic, inflammatory condition which is non infectious in nature. It affects the mucous membrane of the mouth, tongue, inner side of the cheeks, gums and palate.
It usually affects adults over the age of 25 years, but some people at younger age and even children sometimes are affected with this condition.
Symptoms of Lichen Planus:
- It is a very painful condition with red, swollen, painful patches and even the open sores or ulcers inside the mouth or the oral cavity. It can affect tongue, inner cheeks, palate or gums.
- Sensitivity to having hot or cold fluids like tea, coffee, hot milk, hot chocolate, sugar etc.
- Inability to eat spicy foods.
- Sometimes patients complain of change of taste or loss of taste, bleeding and pain while brushing the teeth, and inflammation of gums called as gingivitis.
- Lesions of Lichen Planus are usually bilateral however that is not rule.
- Sometimes it may be associated with melanin pigment deposits (brown color) in the oral cavity.
What are the causes of Lichen Planus?
Oral Lichen Planus can be caused by following causes
- Constant irritation by dental implants
- Repeated trauma at one spot in the oral cavity
- Long term consumption of NSAIDS i.e. nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Long term use of anti-malarials.
- Long term use of certain cardiac drugs like beta blockers and ACE inhibitors.
Can Lichen Planus get converted into cancer?
Oral Lichen Planus is sometimes a pre-cancerous condition, however, if it is not given attention and left behind then it can turn into a cancerous growth.
Management of painfulness in Oral Lichen Planus:
Lichen Planus is one of the most painful conditions. During the course of treatment patient has to follow the below given tips. At Life Force, Dr Rajesh Shah MD has achieved a great success rate by treating over 3000 of cases of Lichen Planus with extremely good results. He suggests following tips along with the course of treatment.
- Patient has to avoid eating oily and spicy food.
- Some food items like toor dal should be avoided by the patients of Lichen Planus as the toor dal is a pro inflammatory food for Lichen Planus.
- Patient has to avoid sweets.
- Alcohol consumption should also be avoided as it irritates the wounds and the ulcers in the mouth.
- Smoking should be avoided as it not only aggravates the condition but smoking also acts as a trigger in converting the Lichen Planus into a malignant (cancerous) condition.
- Patients should avoid taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, (NSAIDS) for any kinds of pains.
- Maintaining a good oral hygiene is a must.
- Patients of Lichen Planus must brush their teeth twice a day.
- Flossing should be done frequently in order to keep mouth clean.
- Non steroidal mouth wash can be used by patients of Lichen Planus.
- Ideally patients of Oral Lichen Planus should regularly visit dentist for the oral checkups to maintain the best oral hygiene.
- Anesthetic gel could be applied to get relief in the pain, before and after food. It is advisable to avoid use of any cortisone in such gel.
For Oral Lichen Planus especially for pain relief these homeopathic medicines are found to be useful:
- Mercurious solubus
- Kali chloratum
- Ferrum Phosphoricum
One needs much deeper acting constitutional medicines selected on the basis of patient’s entire case study.
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