• Lichen Planus Introduction

Introduction

Skin is the largest organ of human body. Skin is first line of defence system of human body.

Lichen Planus is a skin disease & is marked by chronic recurrent rash which is usually flat, purplish, rough, scaly, or bumpy. They can be single bump or aggregation of small flat topped bumps which are shiny, polygonal, with thin white line running in between (Wickham's striae). These bumps could be few millimetres in diameter. Lichen Planus is considered as an inflammatory disease.

lichen planus introduction

There could be associated itching which can be mild to severe in intensity.

The lesions of Lichen Planus can be very uncomfortable, painful and itchy.

Lichen Planus is a chronic skin rash disease. There is no particular cause. Lichen Planus is not a dangerous condition and can be managed well.

Lichen Planus lesions occurs in many forms or variants-

  • Annular- They are ring shaped, circular lesions. Centre of lesion is unaffected. These small circular lesions slowly enlarge and merge into larger ones.
  • Linear- Here, lesions are papule shaped and are arranged in line. Traumatic injury can trigger it. They are commonly seen over extremities.
  • Hypertrophic- Also known as "Lichen planus verrucosus", these lesions are extremely itchy and are seen on extremities.
  • Bullous- Here, skin lesions are formed with bullae & vesicles. This is rare and is called as "Vesiculobullous lichen planus".
  • Atrophic- This is rare and has whitish papules with central superficial atrophy.
  • Ulcerative- Rare, chronic, painful bullae with ulcerations.
  • Pigmented- It is characterized by hyper-pigmented dark brown macules

Lichen Planus is a multi faced disease and it presents with wide range of variants. Few of the variants are Lichen planus pemphigoides, Lichenoid keratoses, Keratosis lichenoides chronica, Lichenoid dermatitis etc.

Usually Lichen Planus resolves in 12- 18 months. But it can also present itself in severe form.

Homeopathic Treatment and lifestyle adjustments can help you reduce or manage the signs and symptoms of Lichen Planus.

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