Lichen planus is a common inflammatory disease of the skin and mouth and is classified as an auto-immune disease. This means that white blood cells which usually fight germs begin to attack the normal parts of the skin, mucous membranes, hair, and nails. It is also considered a symptom of hyperkeratosis.
I will share with you information to help guide you in relieving this condition with pure and natural remedies as it pertains to the skin. To gain a greater understanding, it is important to note what the disease is not. Lichen planus is not an infectious disease. It is impossible to catch from someone or to give it to someone else. The disease is not a form of cancer, it does not appear to be inherited. Some cases may even occur as allergic reactions to medications.
Many people ask, "How can I identify the symptoms of this disease?"
Symptoms are characterized by reddish-purple, flat-topped bumps that may be very itchy. Some may have a white lacy appearance. They can be anywhere on the body, but seem to appear on the inside of the wrists and ankles.
The disease can also occur on the lower back, neck, legs, genitals, and in rare cases, the scalp and nails. On the legs, the symptoms are usually much darker in appearance. There may be thick patches especially on the shins. Blisters are rare but can occur.
Now that I've covered some basic information, let's talk about natural ways to care for this condition.(Since "natural" is best, learn why the commonly prescribed treatment of hydrocortisone cream can be very harmful to your health.)
1) The first essential advice is to include "high nutrition" as well as omega 3 oils in your diet. Proper supplementation will help to build the immune system and fortify the body. Further, countless studies show that increasing the consumption of chlorella, spirulina and omega-3 oils improves conditions of dry, rough, red and scaly patches of skin experienced by so many.
2) Next, know that a body overloaded with toxins can result in a number of symptoms. It then becomes significantly important to take in sufficient fiber.
3) Thirdly, wash with a specially formulated mild "non-soap" cleanser , that contains only herbal ingredients that are organically grown and hypo-allergenic.
4) The last, but extremely important step in your treatment is to apply a therapeutic moisturizer that contains the key ingredient urea that is hypo-allergenic, anti-fungal and anti-microbial. Unfortunately, it is difficult at best to find a product in the world of commercially mass produced products that can effectively restore and repair the skin.
That is why it is vitally important to become a "label reader"! You see, vitamin-derived antioxidants from plant sourced ingredients not only make the best ingredients for your "inside", but for your "outside" as well.
Letter to Nanette:
I have had Lichen Planus for the last 8 yrs. It started with small bumps on my wrist and by the time the doctor detected it, it was all over my body. In fact, the medication that was prescribed to me caused an allergic reaction. I was on steroid creams for few years and tried many medications. As soon as I stopped the medicines, my Lichen Planus would come back after 2-3 months - only WORSE. I followed your advice and used your All Over Face & Body Wash and My Daughter's Hand & Body TheraCream and was astonished at how quickly my skin responded. I am so happy because I am 28 years old now and planning for kids. You really helped me a lot! Peg Vernon, MN
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