Lichen Planus


Lichen Planus is a skin rash triggered by the immune system. It’s not known why the immune response occurs. There may be several contributing factors, and each case is different. Potential causes include:

  1. Viral infections
  2. Allergens
  3. Stress
  4. Genetics

Sometimes Lichen Planus occurs along with autoimmune disorders. While it may be uncomfortable, in most cases lichen planus is not a serious condition. It’s also not contagious.

Symptoms of lichen planus

Some of the most common symptoms of lichen planus include the following:

  1. Purplish-colored lesions or bumps with flat tops on your skin or genitals
  2. Lesions that develop and spread over the body over the course of several weeks or a few months
  3. Itching at the site of the rash
  4. Lacy-white lesions in the mouth, which may be painful or cause a burning sensation
  5. Blisters, which burst and become scabby
  6. Thin white lines over the rash

The most common type of lichen planus affects the skin. Over the course of several weeks, lesions appear and spread. The condition usually clears up within 6 to 16 months.

What are the causes and risk factors?

Lichen Planus develops when your body attacks your skin or mucous membrane cells by mistake. Doctors are not sure why this happens.

Lichen Planus can occur in anyone at any age, but there are certain factors that make some people more likely to develop the condition. The skin form of lichen planus occurs in men and women equally, but women are twice as likely to get the oral form. It’s very rare in children and older adults. It’s most common in middle-aged people.

Homeopathic approach 

Lichen planus can be treated with homeopathic medicines. Stress is one of the reason for skin diseases. Homeopathic medicines act on mental level. A detail case history is taken in homeopathy by carefully noting fown the mental and physical complaints of the patient

Most of the times it is observed that the person suffering from lichen planus has been through lot of mental stress. It could be financial loss, illness of a loved one, failure in exams or any other mental stress. The patient should share the details to the homeopathic doctor without holding back any information thinking that it is irrelevant or of less importance. The minutest details shared by the patient can be a useful piece of information to choose the right remedy for the patient. Along with homeopathic medicines it is necessary that the patient performs Yoga regularly. The patient should also have a balanced diet .


Dr. Poonam Godbole (BHMS)