Natural lichen planus treatments involves the combination of several treatments, such as dietary changes and certain remedies like comfrey root oil, that are applied to the site of the condition.
What is Lichen Planus?
An inflammatory condition that targets the skin and mucous membranes, lichen planus often causes pain and itching in sensitive areas. Typically characterized by purplish, flat-topped bumps on the skin, lichen planus can also affect the mouth, vagina and other areas covered by a mucous membrane. In these areas, lichen planus often presents as white lacy patches that sometime translate into painful sores.
While the specific symptoms of lichen planus depend on the area affected, several common symptoms regularly occur. On the external skin, typically the forearm, wrist and ankle, the condition often presents as purplish, flat-topped bumps. White spots typically appear in the mouth, on the cheeks, near the gums and lips or on the tongue. Other common symptoms include itching, blisters that burst and form scabs or crusts, painful oral or vaginal ulcers, hair loss, scalp discoloration and nail damage or loss.
The exact cause of lichen planus is not currently known; however, research suggests that the condition has a strong relationship to inflammation controlled by the immune system. Certain conditions have been identified as possible triggers for the condition in some people. The hepatitis C infection, hepatitis B vaccine and flu vaccine may be possible triggers of lichen planus. Additional factors that may lead to lichen planus include certain pigments, chemicals and metals, anti-inflammatory drugs and certain medications.
Holistic Treatment for Lichen Planus
Typical lichen planus treatment involves the combination of several treatments. Stress may contribute to the condition, so reducing stress is an important lifestyle change. Dietary changes may also help including eliminating sugar and yeast. Specific treatment options include borax, tea tree oil, lavender oil, coconut oil and comfrey root ointment. Applied to the site of inflammation, these offer relief and treatment. Vitamin K, vitamin D and baking soda are also options for curing the condition.