Lichen planus is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the skin, mouth and genitals. It is characterised by rows or clusters of dark, raised, flat-topped skin lesions.
In 2008, a research conducted at the Department of Oral Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, demonstrated the efficacy of a homeopathic drug Ignatia in the treatment of oral lichen planus. At Dr Batra’s™, our expertise and experience of treating more than 10,000 cases of lichen planus in the last 35 years assures our patients the best treatment.
What is Lichen Planus?
Lichen planus is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease that affects almost 0.5 to 2% of the world population. It presents with dark, raised, flat-topped lesions, mostly affecting the skin, but can also involve the scalp, nails, oral cavity and genitals in many cases.
Lichen planus is neither infectious nor contagious in nature. Apart from being chronic, the disease has periods of remissions (when the symptoms disappear or reduce in intensity) and relapses (when the disease symptoms increase in intensity). Hence, patient compliance to conventional treatment is poor at times.
The disease can affect people of any age group, though it tends to be common in young adults and middle ages. However, children and old people can also be affected by this disease. Lichen planus affects females more commonly as compared to males.
The cause of lichen planus is not well understood. Conventional therapies tend to be more symptomatic in nature. However, homeopathic medicines have been demonstrated to have a significant impact on the psyche of the patients, thereby giving better results in the treatment of this condition.
Variants of lichen planus
Lichen planus may occur differently in different individuals. Certain variants respond better to treatment, whereas others tend to be more obstinate. Depending on the presentation of the lesions (and their peculiar locations), described below are some types of lichen planus:
Apart from these, there are other rare types of lichen planus such as bullous, ulcerative and atrophic lichen planus.
The exact cause of lichen planus has not been understood clearly yet. Some probable causes include immune reactions, chemicals, certain drugs, like anti-inflammatory medications, long-term use of certain antibiotics, excess stress, heredity and amalgam dental fillings.Read More
Lichen planus can be easily identified by the typical location of spots and their characteristic ‘violaceous’ appearance. Eruptions often involve the insides of wrists, ankles, lower back, scalp, nails and mucous membranes that line the mouth, nose, vagina, penis and anus. Small clusters in rows of flat-topped eruptions come up in these places; itching may vary from mild to severe.Read More
Homeopathy, the fast-growing alternative medicine, has a promising treatment for Lichen Planus. Since homeopathy targets the psycho-somatic nature of this disorder, it cures the body and mind, thus giving lasting results.Read More
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