Lichen planus is a chronic, non-infectious disease that causes inflammation in different parts of the body including the scalp, nails, mouth, genitals, legs, or arms. The cause for lichen planus is unknown, but it can be linked to viral infections like Hepatitis C or autoimmune skin disorders. There is no cure for lichen planus, so you can try to reduce the symptoms. For example, the itchy, reddish-purple rash can be cleared up on certain skin areas within a year, but permanent scars might remain. Other body parts might take longer to heal. The pain can range from uncomfortable to unbearable. While conventional treatment might include an antibiotic or anti-inflammatory prescription, there are other ways to manage lichen planus. Natural, at-home remedies can also help treat lichen planus and keep the chronic symptoms at bay.
This famous, age-old herb has a special ingredient called curcumin. That means turmeric is packed with helpful antioxidants. It also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which can help keep symptoms of lichen planus from reoccurring. Researchers also link curcumin to immune-boosting effects, which is ideal for this autoimmune disease. You can mix turmeric powder with water and apply it to affected areas of the skin’ after about 15 minutes rinse it off. There are also other ways to use turmeric for oral lichen planus by creating an ointment that is 1 part turmeric powder to 10 parts alcohol. It will help reduce inflammation and speed up the healing process.
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