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Lichen Planus

Condition:

Lichen Planus

Definition:

Lichen planus is a non-infectious, itchy rash that can affect many areas of the body.

Affected areas can include the:

  • arms, legs, and trunk
  • mouth (oral lichen planus)
  • nails and scalp
  • vulva, vagina, and penis

The exact cause of lichen planus is unknown. However, the condition isn’t infectious and doesn’t usually run in families. It can’t be passed on to other people, including sexual partners.

Read more about the causes of lichen planus.

A GP can usually diagnose lichen planus by examining the rash and asking about your symptoms. Oral lichen planus is often diagnosed by a dentist during routine dental check-ups.

Read more about diagnosing lichen planus.

Who’s affected by lichen planus
Lichen planus is thought to affect 1-2% of the worldwide population. It’s more common in adults over the age of 40.

Lichen planus of the skin affects men and women equally. However, oral lichen planus is more common in women. The mouth is affected in around 50% of all cases of lichen planus (oral lichen planus).

 

Symptom:

The symptoms of lichen planus vary, depending on which area of the body is affected.

Areas of the body most commonly affected by the condition include the:

  • skin
  • mouth
  • penis
  • vulva (external female sex organs) and vagina

The symptoms of lichen planus of the skin are:

  • purple-red coloured bumps (papules) that are slightly raised, shiny and have a flat top. The papules usually measure 3-5mm in diameter and may also have irregular white streaks (Wickham’s striae)
  • thicker scaly patches can appear, usually around the ankles – this is known as hypertrophic lichen planus
  • itchy skin

Lichen planus of the skin often affects the wrists, ankles and lower back, although other parts of the body can also be affected.

Thickened (hypertrophic) lichen planus affects the shins, and ring-shaped lichen planus affects creases in the skin, such as the armpits.

After the papules have cleared, the affected area of the skin can sometimes become discoloured.

Lichen planus of the mouth (oral lichen planus)

The symptoms of oral lichen planus are:

  • a white pattern on the tongue and inner cheeks
  • red and white patches in the mouth
  • burning and discomfort in the mouth while eating or drinking
  • painful red gums

Mild cases of oral lichen planus don’t usually cause any pain or discomfort.

Lichen planus of the penis
The symptoms of lichen planus of the penis are:

  • purple or white ring-shaped patches on the tip of the penis (glans)
  • bumps (papules) that are flat-topped and shiny
  • a non-itchy rash

Lichen planus of the vulva and vagina

The symptoms of lichen planus of the vulva and vagina include:

  • soreness, burning and rawness around the vulva
  • the vulva may be covered in white streaks and be a red, pink or pale white colour
  • if the vagina is affected, sexual intercourse can be painful
  • if the outer layers of the skin break down, moist, red patches can form
  • scar tissue can form, which distorts the shape of the vagina
  • a sticky yellow or green discharge, which may be bloodstained
  • the opening of the vagina can become narrowed

Other areas

Lichen planus can sometimes affect other areas, including:

  • the nails – which can become thinner, ridged and grooved, or they may become darker, thicker or raised; they may sometimes shed or stop growing
  • the scalp – red patches can appear around clusters of hair; in some cases, permanent hair loss can occur

Description:

Protocol:

Lichen Planus

Topically apply the following :

Frankincense/Myrrh Blend over the affected area and genitalia

Burns Blend 100ml for larger affected areas

A blend of the following pure essential oils, mixed with a carrier oil, apply to the skin, as needed :

Cedarwood 5ml 10ml

Lavender 5ml 10ml

Rose Geranium 5ml 10ml

Roman Chamomile 5ml 10ml
When applying more than one oil blend to the same area, spread it out over the course of the day or wait 10 minutes in between.

Drink 1 capsule, twice a day, of the Diatiome, to assist with nail health.

Drink 1 capsule Gut Cleanse, once a day, to assist with gut health and assist with the healing of the gut lining.

The microbiome plays an important role in a wide variety of skin disorders. Not only is the skin microbiome altered, but also surprisingly many skin diseases are accompanied by an altered gut microbiome. This is also referred to as the gut-skin axis.  Further assist with gut health by including the following: Probiflora,

Kombucha Vinegar 500ml, Collagen 350g 450g 700g and

Bone Broth 350g 450g

If the inside of the mouth is affected; rinse the mouth for 10-15 minutes with the Myrrh Mouth Rinse or follow the oil-pulling technique below.

Follow the oil-pulling method below, once a day.

Method

Use the Oil Pulling Mouth Healer to swish for about 5 minutes (gradually work up to 10 or 20 minutes) once a day, 1 tablespoon. Don’t do it vigorously since you’ll be doing it for far longer than you are used to and your jaw will get tired. Gently swirl the oil around your mouth and suck it through the spaces between your teeth. Make sure not to swallow any of it. When finished, spit the oil in the dustbin. Don’t spit it in the sink because when the oil thickens after cooling, it may clog up your pipes.

 

 

 

 

 

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