Lichen Planus is a non-contagious skin disorder causing irritation and swelling on the skin, nails, hair, and mucous membranes. On the skin, it often develops as purple-tinged, itchy, and flat bumps and it takes several weeks to develop. In the areas covered with mucous membranes such as vagina and mouth, Lichen Planus forms white lacy patches, at times with painful sores.
Symptoms of Lichen Planus
The symptoms of Lichen Planus differ according to the affected parts. However, some common symptoms may include:
White lacy patches on the tongue, lips, or in the mouth.
Nail loss or damage.
Purplish flat bumps which usually develops on the ankle, inner forearm or wrist, and at times in genital areas.
Blisters, that break to form crusts or scabs.
Painful sores in the vagina or mouth.
Change in the colour of the scalp.
Causes of Lichen Planus
The definitive causes of Lichen Planus are not still known but it can occur when the immune system attacks the mucous membrane or skin cells. However, the reason for this abnormal immune response is still unclear. There are some conditions and diseases which can trigger this skin disorder. These conditions may include flu vaccine, certain pain relievers, certain medications for arthritis, cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure, hepatitis C infection, etc.
Lichen Planus and Homeopathy
There are treatments available for this skin disorder; Homeopathy can be very effective in treating this problem. It provides treatment for Lichen Planus without any side effects. According to some studies, homeopathic medicines are found effective in the treatment of Oral Lichen Planus. Therefore, the effectiveness of Homeopathy has been clinically proven in Lichen Planus treatment. It also prevents future relapses of the condition.
There are some self-care methods that can prevent it from getting worse:
One should avoid skin injuries
Yoga and meditation can be used to release stress
One should apply cool compresses and avoid scratching
Quitting of alcohol and smoking
Maintaining good oral hygiene
Avoiding spicy food or food which irritate one’s mouth
Maintaining good genital hygiene
Consumption of raw vegetables and fresh fruits
Lichen Planus is a non-contagious and non-infectious skin disorder that can develop in the genital parts, mouth, skin, and hair. The causes are still not very clear but there are many conditions which can trigger this condition. The symptoms vary according to the affected body part. It is not a dangerous condition and mostly drives away on its own. However, if it starts getting worse, homeopathic treatment provides proper treatment without any side effects.
Psoriasis and Lichen Planus are both autoimmune diseases. These occur when the body’s immune system accidentally attacks healthy cells of the skin. Both the diseases are chronic and inflammatory medical conditions that manifest themselves on your skin, nails, hair, scalp and mucous membranes. Neither psoriasis nor lichen planus is contagious.
How do you know that you have Psoriasis and Lichen Planus?
Psoriasis is a genetic condition. Change in the environment can trigger psoriasis. One must look out for the following symptoms of psoriasis-
• Swathes of unnatural skin on your body
• Small blotches or large patches on the skin
• Pus-filled blisters
On the other hand, the symptoms of Lichen planus usually show up on the skin of the body, genitals or in the mouth. A person with this condition may encounter-
• Severe itching
• Rounded, purple, hardened bumps on the skin
If someone in your family has psoriasis, you could contract lichen planus. A clinical test of the lesions formed on your skin can reveal if you have psoriasis or lichen planus.
How homoeopathy approach the treatment of Psoriasis and Lichen Planus?
Homoeopathy is an eighteenth-century medical science that treats ailments with small doses of natural substances, which in larger doses cause the ailment. Homoeopathy believes that the body has the capacity to heal itself.
• The root cause of psoriasis and lichen planus lies in defects in the autoimmune system. Homoeopathy goes to the source of the problem and tries to rectify the defect. It aims at changing the autoimmune system so that it stops attacking its own cells. This kind of remedy is long-term.
• Before curing the symptoms of psoriasis and lichen planus, homoeopathy attempts to improve a person’s general health in the belief that only a healthy constitution can cure a disease.
• Homoeopathy identifies the reason that leads to the breakout of psoriasis. Another way that homoeopathy can decide which medication is ideal is the location and colour of the eruptions or abnormal skin and under what circumstances the condition is aggravated or allayed.
Many people grow disappointed with conventional medication as the symptoms of psoriasis and lichen planus keep recurring. The efficacy of homoeopathic treatment of psoriasis and lichen planus has been proved scientifically. Moreover, homoeopathic medicines have no side effects. If you feel that homoeopathy is the way to go, then contact a homoeopathic physician as soon as possible.
The skin is the most exposed organ to irritants, and when the body recognizes something as foreign, the immune system kicks into action. It produces what is known as antibodies against the foreign bodies (antigens). However, in many situations, the body produces antibodies against its own cells or tissue or components, causing an autoimmune reaction. One such autoimmune reaction is lichen planus, which is a skin rash caused when the body produces antibodies against its own skin or mucous membranes.
Risk factors: While anyone with a weak immune system can develop lichen planus, the followings increase the chances of that happening:
Symptoms: Diagnosis of lichen planus is quite easy, as it has a characteristic appearance.
Treatments: This can depend on the severity of the condition. In people where it is not progressive or inflamed, it could be observed to run its natural course and subside.
For those requiring symptomatic treatment, the following can be used:
Lichen planus often does not require any treatment. However, depending on each individual, it may require topical and/or systemic treatment to manage the symptoms. It usually runs its course over 6 to 10 weeks and subsides on its own.