Lichen planus is a non-contagious, inflammatory condition which affects the skin and the membranes in the mouth. It varies in severity as some people will not even notice they have it whereas other people can develop sores and inflammation in their mouth. There is no cure for lichen planus but there are medications or home remedies which can relieve symptoms. Here at Smile Hub Dental Clinic in Bayside Medical Centre, we can offer help and information to make living with this condition easier.
Symptoms of oral lichen planus include white patches on the tongue and cheeks which do not cause pain or irritation. These can be seen in mild cases of lichen planus. If the condition is more severe mouth ulcers or sores can develop and make it difficult to eat or drink. Another symptom some people get is a burning sensation around the mouth.
The cause of lichen planus is unknown but it has been found that certain things can make symptoms more severe. Certain medications or dental products can cause a reaction. Mouth injuries, infections and stress can also make symptoms worse. In some cases, lichen planus has been linked to diabetes and hepatitis C.
There is no cure for lichen planus and in some cases, it can go away by itself. In severe cases treatment that can be used to relieve pain or discomfort include:
- Corticosteroids which can be in mouthwash, gels, pills or injections.
- Immune response medications put on the affected spot
- Light therapy
- Aloe vera application
- If an allergy is causing an outbreak, a consultation with a dermatologist
- Avoid hot or spicy foods
- Good oral hygiene
- Avoid smoking and tobacco
If you think you might have lichen planus contact Smile Hub Dental Clinic for an appointment on 01 5253888 or book online.