Lichen planus is actually an inflammatory condition that is chronic in nature mainly affects the mouth or the oral cavity, skin and the genitals. Lichen planus is occurring in rows of clusters of skin lesions which are flat-topped, raised and dark in appearance. Lichen planus is an autoimmune condition where chronic recurrent rashes appear as a result of inflammation. Among all the types, oral lichen planus forms a major part that affects human beings. Oral lichen planus as can be understood by the name occurs in the mouth or oral cavity.
Symptoms of Oral Lichen Planus
It is quite important to have a clear understanding of the symptoms of oral lichen planus so that proper treatment procedures can be started. Some of the important symptoms of oral lichen planus are as follows.
- Slow and gradual onset of eruptions in the mouth
- Usually, the eruptions are formed in rows or clusters that have flat tops with the diameter of a few millimeters
- Very small and pale raised areas forming a lacy network on the inner cheeks but formation on the tongue is rare. Sometimes the lesions so formed might be shiny and reddish in appearance
- Feeling of soreness, burning pain and tenderness in the mouth particularly at the time of consuming spicy foods
- The mouth becomes dry with a metallic taste or a quite blunted taste sensation
- An occurrence of painful as well as recurrent ulcers in the oral cavity
Causes of Oral Lichen Planus
Though the exact causes of oral lichen planus are not known some of the common factors which can trigger the onset of these lesions are as listed below.
- Being an autoimmune disease, any immune or allergic reaction to any medicines or other substance can cause lichen planus
- Lichen planus can occur as a result of any infection like hepatitis C
- Consumption of drugs which contain arsenic, quinidine, bismuth etc. or some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or the medicines used for the treatment of high blood pressure
- Continuous and intense emotional stress as a result of extreme sadness, grief etc. can cause the abnormal functioning of the body’s immune system which in lead to the formation of lesions
- Dental fillings might trigger allergic reactions which can cause oral lichen planus
Homeopathic Treatment of Oral Lichen Planus
Homeopathic treatment for oral lichen planus aims at the restoration of the proper immune system of the body focussing on a complete cure instead of just suppressing the symptoms. This is the reason as to why homeopathic treatment offers a better cure as compared to other forms of medicines. Ignatia is the most common drug used to administer oral lichen planus. The treatment usually varies from person to person depending on the condition of the affected person. Borax is another common homeopathic medicine used for treating oral lichen planus. Plantago and Merc Sol are the other two important medicines which are used for treating the eruptions in the mouth as well as the tongue.