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Lichen planus is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to mistake healthy cells for viruses or bacteria. The body then attacks these cells, causing itchy, burning, painful rashes. Lichen planus appears as flat-topped red bumps on adult skin and raised white spots on children’s skin. Lichen planus affects adult men more often than women and can occur at any age. Lichen planus treatment depends on the type of Lichen Planus. The homeopathic doctor may prove helpful in bringing relief from Lichen Planus lesions.
What is lichen planus?Â
Lichen planus is an autoimmune condition that causes the body to confuse healthy cells for infectious organisms like viruses and bacteria, setting off a cascade of immune reactions. Lichen planus appears as flat-topped red bumps on adult skin (most often occurring in the armpits, groin, or mouth) and raised white spots on children’s skin (which may be mistaken for ringworm). Lichen planus affects adult men more often than women and can appear at any age. Overactive Lichen Planus T Cells are produced when the Lichen Planus Antigen-Presenting Cells fail to shut down or suppress Lichen Planus T Cells.
What are the symptoms of Lichen Planus?
The most common symptom of lichen planus is:
- Lichen planus bumps and patches on the skin.
- The reddish patch can affect both male and female genitals and anus, as well as the surrounding skin.
- Itching is also a common symptom of Lichen planus. If there are signs of lichen planus in the genitals, the itching becomes maximum.
- The rash may change shape or color over time, but it will not go away without treatment. Treatment options include topical corticosteroids, hydrocortisone creams, ultraviolet light therapy, clobetasol ointment, calcipotriol cream, etc. Homeopathic remedies are very effective for this disease, which improves without any side effects or adverse results.
What are the types of Lichen Planus?
There are three types of Lichen planus.
- The first type of Lichen planus is known as Plaque-Type. These are flat, well-circumscribed, usually sharply outlined patches and plaques with characteristic violet or gray coloration. These rashes can appear anywhere on the body but most often affect skin creases such as the armpits, groin area, or under breasts. This lichen planus also affects the mucous membranes inside the mouth, nose, genitals, and anus.
- The second type of Lichen planus is known as Lesion-Type. The lesion type is characterized by nodules that may be scaly or crusted and develop into raised lesions with a crusty surface.
- The third type of Lichen planus is known as Mucosal-Type. Lesions appear only on the mucous membranes and include mouth ulcers, bowel ulcers, or genital ulcers.
What are the possible causes of Lichen Planus:
The cause for lichen planus is not clearly understood by doctors yet. Still, some factors can contribute to its development, such as exposure to certain drugs, alcoholism, viral infections (including chickenpox), fungal infections, stress, and unknown reasons.
What triggers Lichen Planus?
The exact cause of lichen planus is not known. Some factors are thought to trigger or worsen the condition these are:
- Skin injury, particularly friction (rubbing) and scratching the skin
- Certain medicines – these can include antibiotics (for example, penicillin), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs; for example, aspirin or indomethacin), some antiviral drugs, antimalarial medications, and gold injections to treat arthritis
- Infections like hepatitis C virus
- Allergens like poison ivy plant oil
- Autoimmune diseases, of which lichen planus is one of them.
These are conditions where the immune system mistakenly attacks parts of the body that it usually protects from infection and disease. Examples include systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis, and scleroderma.
When people with lichen planus develop the condition, it appears on areas of skin exposed to the above triggers, but not everyone exposed to these things gets lice n planus or Lichen Planus.
What does lichen planus look like?Â
Lichen planus is a rash that can appear anywhere on your body, including your genitals and inside your mouth. The most common locations for this to occur are:
- Back of your hands
- Scalp (hair-bearing areas) where you have thinning hair from pulling out the hairs due to the condition being itchy all over
the scalp skin.
- Skin folds like your neck and under your arms
- Forearms and wrists
- Legs, thighs, and ankles
- Trunk (chest and stomach area)
- Genitals (male and female). The vagina may also get red and swollen with the condition. This happens when you have Lichen Sclerosus combined with Lichen Planus, but this is uncommon in men.
- Feet. The soles of your feet are most likely to be affected by lichen planus – especially if you have psoriasis or eczema as well.
How skin doctor diagnoses Lichen Planus?
A skin biopsy is used for the diagnosis of Lichen planus. The skin doctor may scrape off a small part of the rash then apply a drop of potassium hydroxide to it where it swells into a blister. If the sample contains lichen planus, microscopic examination can show chronic inflammation beneath the skin’s surface with infiltration by lymphocytes and plasma cells.
What are the things you should do if you have Lichen Planus?
- Consult your dermatologist right away to rule out other conditions that may mimic this disease (such as psoriasis).
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Eat foods rich in vitamin C or E, zinc, and beta carotenes like fruits like kiwi, oranges, grapefruit, papaya, mangoes, strawberries, and vegetables like spinach, broccoli, kale.
- Use moisturizers on the affected area to reduce dryness
- Avoid using harsh chemicals or soaps that may irritate your skin further
- Wear clothing made of soft fabrics like cotton. etc
- Avoid triggers that cause you to itch. If you are stressed out, try yoga or meditation. If the weather triggers lichen planus, make sure you always wear gloves whenever outside on cold winter days or hot summer days. etc
- You can also apply tea tree oil which has properties effective against bacteria and fungi infection
- Drink plenty of water
- Apply aloe vera gel
- Avoid wearing tight clothing
- Apply a soothing moisturizer or aloe vera on your skin after bathing to soothe it and prevent itching. etc
- Apply a patch of 0.5% hydrocortisone cream twice a day for two days to see if it reduces the itchiness of the blisters. If there is no improvement, you should consult your doctor about this treatment. If you experience redness or burning sensation while using this cream, stop using it right away
- Take oral antihistamines like loratadine 10mg once daily at night time also taking one before leaving home in cold weather etc
- Take oral steroids like prednisone 40mg for seven days to reduce inflammation and itching
- Avoid foods that cause allergies like milk, eggs, and fish, etc
- Take cool baths and showers and avoid hot water as it can make your skin itchier
- Use a humidifier or vaporizer at home to keep the air moist during dry weather. If you live in the winter season, try putting on cotton socks before going to bed to prevent moisture from escaping
- Avoid sunbathing even if there is snow outside as ultraviolet light also worsens the condition of lichen planus
- Â Apply aloe vera gel with vitamin E 20 times daily to reduce the redness and swelling.
How effective is a homeopathic treatment for Lichen Planus?
- Homeopathic treatment is usually not claimed to have any side effects. But in the case of Lichen planus, extensive drug eruptions can occur, which may need proper attention.
- Homeopathy for lichen planus is considered safe when taken under proper guidance. Homeopathic remedies are completely safe with no side effects, but one needs to follow the dosages carefully and avoid overdosing on self-medication.
- Always consult a homeopathic physician or general practitioner before taking any homeopathy medicines.
- A homeopathy doctor will advise you on the correct dosage and help with your treatment.
- Homeopathy doctors take a thorough history of the patient, including a review of systems, especially the gastrointestinal tract, nervous system, and skin, to prescribe an appropriate homeopathy remedy for lichen planus.
- In the case of Lichen Planus, the miasmatic tendency helps determine prognosis and planning treatment. It must also be remembered that just as drugs take time to act on diseases, similarly usual constitutional prescribing should be given for miasmatic chronic disorders. All miasmatic constitutional remedies used in homeopathy treatment have been proved at least once from actual proving by homeopathic physicians and ayurvedic physicians.
- Homeopathy doctors chose the remedies carefully for miasmatic treatment based on the similarity of symptoms or shared characteristics between remedy and disease state.
- Every case is different, so no two patients will get precisely the same homeopathic treatment. Homeopathic treatment is based on the individualization of the case. It is based on the Law of Similars, similia similibuscurentur. Hahnemann proved this law through his experiments with healthy people who showed the same symptoms as the sick person because they were given potentized drugs given to a large number of healthy individuals before.
- Homeopathic treatment for Lichen Planus is according to your constitutional type and reaction pattern, which depends upon predisposing factors deep-rooted in you.
- It also depends upon the severity of the disorder because usually, homeopathy doctors give single homeopathy medicine to mild cases. In contrast, severely affected patients getting very little relief from usual medications must need polycrest prescriptions containing multitudes of remedies to cover all their symptom pictures.
- The homeopathic treatment given by a qualified homeopathic doctor can benefit most patients as there are no side effects. Even though very potent, homeopathy remedies do not cause any harm to the body as they contain only source substances from plants, minerals, etc.
- In some severe cases, conventional treatment may be needed along with Homeopathic medicine. Still, it is advisable to commence with Homeopathy treatment first under a qualified homeopathy doctor so that you receive the best of both worlds.
Conclusion:Â Yes! You can visit a homeopathy clinic for lichen planus. Studies have shown that the symptoms of Lichen Planus are effectively reduced with homeopathic treatment. The homeopathic treatment for lichen planus is very effective and curative. Homeopathy can also help with the reoccurrence of the disease by curing its root cause. It treats the root cause of Lichen Planus, which is not possible with modern medications. If you choose homeopathic treatment over conventional treatment, you do not have to worry about the side effects of steroids. Homeopathy treats the disorder without causing any side effects. Lichen planus is a rare itchy skin disease, which causes pinkish patches on the body, which can be very itchy and sometimes even painful. Modern medicine cannot cure lichen planus completely but only help reduce the symptoms by suppressing your body’s immune system. If you are looking for a complete cure for the disease, homeopathy is your best choice. You book an appointment with a registered homeopath if you want to get rid of Lichen Planus.
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