Lichen Planus Treatment in Delhi | Dadu Medical Centre

Lichen Planus

Lichen planus is a dermatological concern which results in abnormal lesions and itching/ irritation in the skin, nails, hairs, and mucous membranes. On the skin surface, this condition develops over several weeks and usually appears as itchy, purplish, raised bumps. Inside the mouth, this condition manifests as lacy white patches, sometimes with painful sores while in genitals, it causes bright red, itchy areas. On the nails, it may result in their thinning and splitting or lead to ridge formation and nail loss.

Lichen Planus

If the scalp gets affected, it leads to irritation, redness, and the formation of tiny bumps may be associated with hair loss. In some cases, the hair starts to thin and leads to patchy hair loss. Although this is an uncomfortable skin condition, it is usually not serious and not contagious. It can be self limiting and resolve within 6 to 16 months however it is always advisable to see a dermatologist. Consulting a skin doctor in Delhi at Dadu Medical Centre, can help to manage this skin issue, as if left untreated the condition can worsen and can affect the quality of life of the affected individual.

 

Causes of Lichen Planus:
Lichen planus is considered to be a cell-mediated immune response whose origin is still unknown and unpredictable. 
Some potential causes could be:

  • Viral infection by Hepatitis C virus attacks the liver.
  • A reaction to the metallic dental fillings.
  • Certain medications such as drugs are used to treat heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. 
  • An autoimmune reaction
  • Allergens include chemicals like arsenic, gold, diuretics, iodide compounds, antibiotics, and certain kinds of dyes. 
  • Flu vaccine
  • Pain medications
  • Stress
  • Genetics/ Family history 

 

How is lichen planus diagnosed?
If the person experiences an it hy skin rash, mouth lesions, or lesions in the genitals, then one should consult a dermatologist as soon as possible. By simply looking at the rash, the dermatologist cannot tell that it is lichen planus. To confirm this condition, further diagnostic tests may have to be run. These include a skin biopsy test where in a small patch of skin is visualized under a microscope to check for the pattern of skin cells which is characteristic of lichen planus. Hence, the doctor will make a diagnosis of lichen planus based on the patient’s medical history, physical examination, symptoms, and, if necessary, the lab test results. 

 

Treatment For Lichen Planus Offered at Dadu Medical Centre, Skin Clinic In Delhi:
Lichen planus on the skin can self likit without treatment. But it may take a very long time and if is progressive or multiple areas are affected, there are chances of the patient becoming non-responsive to treatments and being prone to their recurrence. Dr Dadu and her team of doctors at  Dadu Medical Centre, a skin clinic in New Delhi  India , can provide treatments that help relieve the symptoms, target the possible underlying cause, and speed up healing.

 

The possible treatment options for lichen planus include:
Medications : The first choice is usually prescribed topical or oral medications which can include corticosteroid ointment or other creams. This helps reduce inflammation. Other oral medications that can help in certain situations are the anti-infection drugs of malaria and some antibiotics; antihistamines that helps in providing relief from itching and reduce inflammation; immunomodulators or immune-suppressing medications including calcineurin inhibitors that help clear up rash.

Lichen Planus

Lifestyle and home remedies

The itching and discomfort caused by lichen planus can be reduced by self-care measures such as:

  • Applying cold compresses to soothe the skin
  • Soaking the skin in colloidal oatmeal-containing bathtubs followed by applying moisturizer.
  • Avoid rubbing, scratching, or injuring the skin.
  • Avoid self medicating 


In the case of oral lichen planus, regular dental visits and good oral hygiene are also important. To lessen the pain of mouth sores, avoid smoking, alcohol consumption, and intake of spicy or acidic food and drink. 
  
Want to get an effective treatment for lichen planus, schedule an appointment with the best dermatologist in Delhi at Dadu Medical Centre.

Clinic timings (By Appointment Only)
Monday to Saturday : 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday : 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM
Timings for Consultation
(Dr. Nivedita Dadu)
Vasant Vihar: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Rajouri Garden: Monday, Wednesday & Friday - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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