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You Dentist can Be the First to Spot This Serious Problem.
A rare rash that shows up as lacy, white patches or red shiny bumps on the inside of the cheeks or tongue could be lichen planus. There are several possible reasons for this happening.
Generally, mild lichen planus doesn’t need any treatment. If it causes pain or ulcers, it can be treated with oral and topical medication. Oral lichen planus can be chronic and may increase the risk for oral cancer.
Your dentist will probably be the first person who tells you that you have Lichen planus!
This should be taken very seriously, for it can also signal skin (Lichen Planus Pigmentosa) (Lichen Nitidus) scalp (Lichen Planopilaris) , extremities ( Lichen Amyloidosis), nails, and genitals ( Lichen Sclerosus)
Nail Lichen Planus
Lichen does not settle in just one part of your body. It is a systemic problem that affects every part of your body.
Lichen Amyloidosis is a chronic intensely itchy skin rash caused by the abnormal deposit of amyloids (proteins) in the skin. The lesions mostly appear in the lower leg, particularly over the shin; however, in few instances, there can be lesions on thighs, lower limbs, forearms, and back. It is more prominent in males than in females aging fifty to sixty years.
Lichen Planopilaris is the specific name given to lichen planus on the scalp that causes permanent scarring alopecia with inflammation around affected hair follicles. It mostly affects middle-aged adults as distinct patches of hair loss.
Lichen Planus Pigmentosa is an uncommon skin disorder. This presents with oval grayish (turning blackish) brown marks on the face and neck or trunk and limbs without an inflammatory phase.
Lichen Nitidus is a rare, chronic skin eruption that is characterized by round skin-colored papules, which are flattened on top. They are described as micro-papules. Papules mean small solid bumps rising from the skin that is usually less than 10 mm in diameter. They do not contain any fluid. However, they are caused by an underlying inflammatory condition.
This is one of the most serious for it is an extremely advances stage. Patches of the genital skin which should be treated, even if they aren’t painful or itchy. This condition should have been caught years earlier, before it gets to this stage. These patches will scar, causing problems of muscular atrophy, muscular disfigurement and thus problems with urination or sex. Since this is the last stage, there is also a greater chance that skin cancer may develop in the patches. You should see your doctor every six to 12 months in order to follow and treat any skin changes. Woman need to be post-menopausal for at least 5 years to detect this problem. This is the stage that this can be spread through kissing, skin lesion, nail manicures, skin papules, and contact with scalp. Partners to women who carry this disease will notice an increase in canker sores, cold sores (which are not cold sores), jock itch, increase auto-immune response. Sometimes surgery is needed to remove the genital patches in men.
Lichen and Hepatitis:
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 noted that patients with Hepatitis C have some proneness to develop Lichen Planus
Possible treatments for the disease include:
Ointments and creams can be the conventual advise you will receive. This is a topical approach that does not cure the problem, and this type of health condition will continue to spread and increase.
The most common approach are Cortisone type creams, but this causes immune suppression, and doesn’t treat the cause.
Cortisone may help initially for a short time
02 Cortisone leads to relapse of LP in most cases
03 Cortisone treated relapse is more severe, more complex
04 Cortisone treated LP is more difficult to treat
05 It is wise to avoid cortisone during all stages of Lichen Planus (the only exception is most severe cases of oral or genital Lichen Planus.)
06 Cortisone puts you to the vicious cycle of dependency
07 Cortisone dependents have to come out of the vicious cycle
Cortisone creams are not the answer! Sometimes they make the progression worse!
So what do you do? You need to get ahold of healthcare professionals that deal with preventative and restorative medicine.
YOU DONT WANT TO TREAT IT, YOU WANT TO BEAT IT!
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