What is Oral Lichen Planus?
Oral Lichen Planus aka OLP is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the mucous membranes inside your mouth and it is not contagious. It encompasses the inner surface of the cheeks, gums, tongue, inner surface of lips and palate. It can result in the development of white, lacy patterned sores or lesions in the mouth.
What are the Symptoms and Signs of OLP (Oral Lichen Planus)?
In oral lichen planus, the lesions occur inside your mouth. They can appear in these areas:
- Inner surface of cheeks
- Inner tissues of your lips
- Burning sensation in the affected area
- Sores can bleed too
- Drinking, eating and speaking make the pain worse
- Sensitive to hot and spicy food
- Inflammation of gums (Gingivitis)
- Gums bleed when you brush
- Irritation with tooth brushing
The lesions may occur in:
- Red, swollen patches of tissues
- Open sores
- Lacy, white raised patches of tissues
What are the Causes of Oral Lichen Planus?
It is an auto immune disease, T lymphocytes (certain white blood cells) produce inflammation.
- Having an auto immune disorder
- Certain medications (used for Hypertension and Diabetes)
- Allergic reaction to dental materials
- Mouth injury
- Oral infection
- Hepatitis C virus infection
- It also runs in families
What are the Complications?
- Significant pain in lesions
- Stress or anxiety
- Weight loss
- Fungal infection in the mouth
- Scarring of lesions
- Risk of mouth or oral cancer
Homeopathy and Oral Lichen Planus
Homeopathic mode of treatment heals the lesions and sores in oral lichen planus. In addition, it also helps to cure the attending symptoms including burning sensation, bleeding from the lesions and pain. There are a number of ideal remedies to cure the cases of Oral Lichen Planus. Homeopathic remedies are made of natural substances and make sure the natural recovery in OLP cases. These medicines are chosen individually according to the symptoms presented by the patient. Merc Sol, Plantago and Borax are the top rated homeopathic remedies for oral lichen planus.
Homeopathic Treatment for Oral Lichen Planus
Merc Sol – Best Homeopathic Remedy for Oral Lichen Planus
Merc Sol is a top rated natural remedy to treat oral lichen planus and it is beneficial in those cases when there are red and inflamed patches in the mucous membrane of the mouth. There are multiple sores occur in the mouth with lesions inside the cheeks, gums and tongue of the patient. Furthermore, the sores may have a burning sensation and pain. The gums and mouth of the patient are inflamed with sores which are prone to bleeding. The tongue is thickly coated and the excessive saliva in the mouth is a prominent symptom. Offensive, bad and fetid odor from the mouth occur in most of the cases. Apart from the above symptoms, the patient also feels metallic and coppery taste in the mouth.
Borax – Homeopathic Medicine for Oral Lichen Planus with Painful Sores in Mouth
Borax is another homeopathic medicine for OLP cases. It is prescribed to the patients when the sores are painful and tender in the mouth of the patient. The sores occur on the tongue and inner surface of the cheeks and they get hurt when the patient moves his tongue. Spicy food also makes the condition worse. The sores which are available on the inner surface of the cheek and tongue tend to bleed. Lesions are present in the mouth along with a bitter taste and heated sensation in the mouth of the person. Borax is an ideal homeopathic medicine for OLP accompanied by fungal infections of the mouth.
Natrum Mur – Best Homeopathic Treatment for Oral Lichen Planus with Lesions with Burning Sensation
Homeopathic medicine Natrum Mur is another homeopathic remedy to cure Oral Lichen Planus lesions accompanied by a burning sensation. The sores occur on the tongue, on the gums and inside the cheeks. There is an intense burning sensation in the sores and it gets worse when the person consumes food or drink. The person cannot deliver the speech with ease due to the burning pain in the sores. The sores are also very sensitive.
Acidum Nitricum – Homeopathic Medicine for Stinging Pain in sores in Oral Lichen Planus
Nitric Acid is another homeopathic remedy to manage the stinging pain in the sores of Oral Lichen Planus. In few cases, the patient also experiences pricking and splinter-like pains. The sores occur in the inner side of lips, edges of the tongue and inside the cheeks. In addition, the sores have a swollen surface and they are deep. The tongue may be yellow or white coated and a foul odor from the mouth may appear.
Phosphorus – Homeopathic Remedy for Oral Lichen Planus with Bleeding Sores
Homeopathic medicine Phosphorus is another medicine to cure the cases of Oral Lichen Planus. The patient of this medicine has sores on the inner surface of the cheek, gums, tongue and the palate (roof of the mouth). The sores bleed with ease. There is increased saliva with bleeding lesions. The taste of the saliva can be salty or sweet in taste.
Kreosote – Homeopathic Treatment for OLP with Sores and Inflammation of Gums
Homeopathic medicine Kreosotum gives an ideal cure to OLP cases. It is an ideal remedy when the sores and inflammation occur on the gums with OLP. The person may have bluish red, ulcerated, inflamed gums which can bleed with ease. A putrid smell from the mouth may also present in most of the cases.
Plantago – Homeopathic Medicine for Oral Lichen Planus
Homeopathic medicine Plantago is made from Plantago major plant and it is aka Ribwort. It belongs to Plantaginaceae. It acts well in cases of Oral Lichen Planus when there are sores in the mouth with a putrid smell from the mouth and bleeding from the gums present. The tongue of the patient is white coated. It is highly recommended medicine for the cases of Oral Lichen Planus.
Kali Mur – Homeopathic Remedy for OLP with Sores and Fungal Infection of Mouth
Homeopathic medicine Kali Mur is another useful homeopathic treatment for Oral Lichen Planus with sores and fungal infection of the mouth. The sores occur inside the cheeks and lips. They are white in color with a grey base. Burning and stinging sensation may present with a sour taste in the mouth. The breath is unpleasant and the tongue is greyish white coated.
Certain lifestyle can also help you to manage it:
- Get enough exercise
- Reduce stress
- Use a mild toothpaste
- Have nutrients like vegetables, fruits and nuts
Note: Medicines mentioned here are for information purpose only. Kindly do not self-medicate.
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