lichen planus

Treat Lichen Planus Naturally

Lichen planus is an itchy rash that can affect your arms, legs, mouth, nails, scalp and genitals. The cause is unknown but it is not contagious and cannot be passed between people, including sexual partners. It affects a small portion of the population and is usually found in adults over the age of 40 with the oral variety occurring mostly in women. The most common treatment is steroidal creams, however these can thin the skin. There is no cure for lichen planus so patients must focus on treating the symptoms and avoiding outbreaks as much as possible.

 

How do I know if I have Lichen Planus?

  • Purple, flat topped bumps
  • Itching
  • Blisters that form scabs and crusts
  • White spots or patches in the mouth
  • Painful oral and vaginal ulcers
  • Hair loss
  • Scalp discoloration
  • Nail damage
  • Nail loss

 

How do I prevent Lichen Planus?

Doctors aren’t quite sure what causes lichen planus so there is no way to prevent it.

 

How can I treat Lichen Planus?

  • Soak in colloidal oatmeal to help soothe itching and inflamed skin.
  • Use cool compresses on affected skin.
  • Avoid alcohol, tobacco, spicy and acidic foods if you have oral lichen planus.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene to avoid infections.
  • Use aloe vera gel on outbreaks to help heal and soothe them.
  • Work on controlling your stress through meditation.
  • Avoid foods that may cause an outbreak. Use the elimination diet and cut out dairy, gluten and other allergen heavy foods then slowly add them back in one at a time. Eliminate any that cause an outbreak.
  • Tea tree or lavender oil may help to alleviate itching.
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