Patient Comments: Lichen Planus - Treatment

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What forms of medical treatment, including medication, did you receive for lichen planus? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: LPetersen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 08

I was diagnosed with lichen planus in 1993 while pregnant with my first child. A punch biopsy was done to determine the diagnosis. I was given topical steroids for the rash and itching on my lower legs and wrists. This helped with the itch, but it didn't really get better until I started using a tanning bed. I have had only 2 outbreaks since and both times I head for a tanning bed and it seems to stave off the worst of it!

Comment from: lp, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 28

Since my lichen planus cause was diagnosed as being cause by a traumatic event and stress, I was treated with a mild sedative until the condition went away.

Comment from: Marge, 75 or over (Patient) Published: November 08

I have had lichen planus for 18 months. I use triamcinolone and go to the tanning bed for 10 minutes 3 times a week. It is gone on my legs and I have some spots on my hands. Ultra violet rays is the only thing that will control it. I go to my dermatologist every 6 weeks.

Comment from: Ram, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 20

I observed lichen planus first on my skin around one year back. After 6 to 8 months it spread all over my forearms, elbows, armpits, waist region, groin, hips, and calf region. I visited the best dermatologist, and she prescribed steroids for two weeks but my condition did not change. After that I used homeopathy, but no difference in the condition. I was mentally disturbed, and for several months I stopped using medicines. I started drinking hot water with lemon juice and honey early morning, fasting one day in every week and take as less food as possible. Surprisingly after one week I noticed change and my condition is far better now. Only faded marks are left on my skin. Try this, it may work for you as well, good luck.

Comment from: Ananda, (Patient) Published: October 01

I was affected by lichen planus on my penis 8 months back. I thought it was infection and applied coconut oil only once, and it was cured. But I got erosive lichen planus inside my cheeks. I thought it was canker sore, so I used ghee but it did not get cured. When I knew it was lichen planus then I started applying coconut oil since 10 days. It is healing and only 10 percent is left. Please use coconut oil 5 times daily.

Comment from: MEO, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 21

I have suffered with lichen planus (LP) for 5 years. I've seen several dermatologists. I have not been about to get it understand control. LP has been limited to my scalp area only. I have permanent hair as a result. I'm sharing my story, with the hopes that someone can refer me a dermatologist who has some knowledge on how to treat this awful disease.

Comment from: Julie, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: July 03

My mother has oral lichen Planus. They made it so she was unable to eat anything but smoothies because it was also in her esophagus. Medical doctors had no help so after a lot of research, I found a study using turmeric and black pepper. I got their turmeric. It was expensive but a lot cheaper than a doctor visit. After a week it started working! Within 2 weeks mom could eat almost anything again. She also uses a diluted therapeutic grade turmeric essential oil directly on the breakout.

Comment from: Poopy, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 30

I was given oral and topical steroids for lichen planus.

Comment from: Peter, Male (Patient) Published: July 14

For lichen planus I use a hairdryer directed toward the itchy area, as close as you can without burning yourself. You will begin to feel intense itching. Hold hair dryer for about 30 seconds beyond that and you will have relief! If you can stop the itching, it will prevent the scarring.

Comment from: Kumari, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 13

I suffer from LPP (lichen planus pemphigoides) since 2013. None of the medicines helped. Neutrogena fine fairness serum with Retinol (vitamin A) was the answer. There is 50 percent fading in the dark patches on my neck and face. I also use Clinique dark spot corrector which also helps.

Comment from: BETTY, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I was cured of lichen planus, which I experienced in a very aggressive and recurrent form when I was 20 years old. After 8 months of intervals of being fine for one month and then having my mouth with white painful patches that would bleed, a doctor prescribed me 10 shots of gamma globulin and ten of lysozyme. It was an expensive treatment, but not that expensive considering that it cured me forever (now I am 58).

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Comment from: amcbr76, 55-64 (Patient) Published: February 28

I developed lichen planus after an initial outbreak of eczema. I went through all of the topical treatments and finally my dermatologist said that a sub-therapeutic round of an anti-fungal called Gris-Peg sometimes "shocked" the lichen planus cycle. It worked. I still have a troublesome eczema that I periodically treat with Clobex.

Comment from: mrs. larson, Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I've had oral lichen planus for 13 years. I got it cleared up for several years and then it shows up again. I think that I've found my solution; fruit. I realized that fruit has been lacking in my diet. I ate some and my condition improved, vastly. I now plan on eating fruit frequently.

Comment from: pathos, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 08

I've had lichen planus, primarily on my legs and arms, for two years now and nothing has helped except lotions to keep my skin from drying out. At times the itchiness is unbearable and I scratch myself raw. I've found a cream called Calmoseptine which heals wounds, and is very soothing and promotes healing... and since it is pink, it covers my awful sores a bit so I don't feel so conspicuous wearing short sleeves. It isn't a cure but it sure helps. It's not found on store shelves, you have to ask for it at the pharmacy.

Comment from: OMG, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I have suffered with lichen planus. Prednisone, Phisoderm body wash and Cetaphil lotion were my solution, it helped tremendously. I"m a patient not a doctor but I am speaking from experience. It gave me back my social life. Please try.

Comment from: Female 41 yrs, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

I had severe pimples on my face, for which I consulted a doctor. She prescribed a tablet called doxycycline. I used the tablet for 6 months, and the side effect of that has caused lichen planus. On showing it to her, she asked me to discontinue the doxycycline tablet. I understand that she has given me overdose of that tablet (I used it for 6 months). Now, I have these strange brown and violet color spots and patches all over my hands, legs, neck, back and front. They are not itchy but very unpleasant to look at.

Comment from: Mani, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 15

I am very anxious to find out how I can get this gamma globulin and lysozyme shots. I have suffered for 9 years now with this horrible and painful condition of lichen planus.

Comment from: Sherry, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 02

Betty, my husband has been suffering with lichen planus for several years. Treatments have not worked and only cause side effects. I was interested in knowing what kind of doctor you saw to receive the injections of gamma globulin and lysozyme. Where did you get them and how much did it cost? I would love to know the specifics, as I'm sure many others would as well. The suffering is great. Thank you!

Comment from: cat22, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I had severe outbreak of oral mucosa lichen planus in my mid-20s. It lasted for about five years. It was definitely stress related for me. They tried oral steroids, but they didn't help. I finally started on Dapsone, a medication for treating leprosy, but it worked. One of the drug side effects is anemia, so I was tired a lot. But it was worth it to get rid of the sores that kept me from eating.

Comment from: KeBra, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

My affected areas are arms and legs. Not mouth! Antihistamines for a month.

Comment from: poonam, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 15

I have lichen planus pigmentosus on my upper lips and chin. I am under medication and my dermatologist suggested that I take Isotroin. I'm not sure how this would help me.

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