Lichen Planus, an obstinate skin disorder
has baffled not only the patients but also the practitioners equally.
The cases of Lichen Planus have been observed all over the world,
irrespective of the race, skin color and culture. The medical field
today finds little help for this chronic disease. Fortunately,
fast growing alternative medicine has a
definite, promising treatment for Lichen Planus.It is a recurring,
chronic, non-allergic, non-infectious, non-contagious disease of the
skin, of which the exact cause is not yet fully understood. It has a
tendency to relapse after some months or years. Females are more
frequently affected as compared to the male counterpart, however,
uncommon to find it in children. Over 1.9% of the total population is
affected by Lichen Planus.
Signs and symptoms:
The typical appearance of the Lichen Planus eruption :
Round or irregular shape, raised slightly above the skin level, brown or
pinkies or black in color.
The typical textbook
description goes :
Flat-topped shiny polygonal eruptions. Small in size,
thickened eruptions, rough and/or oily to touch, dirty look
at times. You may find spots either in groups, a few or
numerous in number and very often bilateral symmetrical (on
both the side of the body, say legs).
Clinically, a peculiar appearance classically
described as Wickham's striae is
considered diagnostic of Lichen Planus.
Lichen Planus and
Some of the latest studies have shown a co-association of
Lichen Planus with a rare variety of Hepatitis-C. It may be
noted that the exact connection and causative link has not
been established between the two entities.
It may be of interest to the readers that like Hepatitis A
and Hepatitis B, the variety C also finds a promising
treatment with homoeopathy. All the three varieties of
Hepatitis are caused by virus. They have a tendency to start slowly,gradually and spread in the same fashion.
Intense itching on the parts
affected is the most annoying symptom of this condition.
Itching may be so severe that it often leads to bruise or
bleeding.At times, one also observes the Lichen Planus
eruptions appearing along the line of a scratch mark, called
as Koebner's phenomenon. It has an affinity for the genitals
are involved. In males, the glans ; while in females the
vulva may be affected.
The nails when affected tend to become deformed. In short,
Lichen Planus affecting the skin, mouth (Oral Lichen Planus)
and vaginal LP are some of the most common variants. When
the oral mucosa or the genitals are affected, this condition
is often neglected, reported late or incorrectly diagnosed.
Lichen Planus affecting the food pipe (esophagus) is not a
commonly encountered condition. However, some cases have
been reported at some institutes.