I was diagnosed with LIchen Planus 3 weeks ago but have been suffering for more than 8 months. They believe from the biopsy that it might be from the BP meds I take however when I questioned the Dr he waffled on the answer. The moment he said my meds could be causing it I stopped taking that particular medicine. He put me on metronidazole and had also given me topical steroid to use. Since being on the meds the Lichen Planus has continued to expand and new lesions have formed all the way from my toes to my scalp. The cream helped the tiny bumpy rash I had on my stomach area but that has now moved to my back, shoulders and upper legs. The cream did nothing to help the bigger lesions that were on my body. I'm so frustrated and it's definitely causing me some depression. He mentioned doing a 4 week dose of Prednisone but wanted to try the metronidazole first. prior to being diagnosed I was on a 12 day does of Prednisone for my asthma and it helped reduce the redness and other symptoms a bit but when I went off the Lichen came back with a vengeance and that's when the smaller bumpy rash started. If anyone has idea's or suggestions of things that have worked for them I'd be so grateful. I figured being off that BP med for 3 weeks and taking what the Dermatologist gave me I'd see some improvement but instead it's just gotten worse. This is affecting my relationship with my boyfriend, my work and that just makes me feel more isolated and sad.
Is there a successful treatment of Lichen Planus? or anyone that's in my shoes?
Added 23 Jul 2015:
I've also noticed that the lesions seem to be lighter in the morning when I first wake up and as I'm up and moving they turn much darker. Not sure why or what causes that.
I have been going over a little over 2 years since my occurrence. I had it 6 months before I got pregnant. Then it went away during my pregnancy. 3 months after delivery it came back. 2 years later I am covered in it except for face and scalp. I did the steroid creams and pills during the first bought. Will not touch that stuff again. I am waiting it out this time around and doing the best I can to cope with the itching. I switch out different topical products when I notice the itching getting worse or more spots somewhere. I have used caladryl and eczema cream. All have helped for a little while. I now mix tea tree oil with natural lotions and put tea tree oil directly on the itchy spots. This has the most help. The red spots get lighter and not as noticeable. If I go a few days without the oil the spots are itchy and red. This is just one of those things you have to find what can make your days comfortable and nights less itchy until it goes away if it ever goes away. I said to hell with what people think and went to the pool in shorts this year. I noticed a difference after sun exposure too. The spots were less red and noticeable. I am thinking about fake baking this fall knowing how bad it is for you just to see if it helps.
I have had this lichen planus in my skin for one year this month. It started on my upper thighs, moved to my upper arms, chest and back shoulders, even on my neck behind the ears. At first my Dermatologist said it looked like bug bites and gave me creams to lessen the itching. Three months later, I dug two beige fibrous cocoons out of my back shoulders. I went back to the dr and she took a biopsy and sent it to the lab. She prescribed Cerveve. The lab results were " it's not malignant." That did not make sense. So the Dr called me back and said she wanted to send another biopsy. I went back and she took two biopsies and sent them to the lab. She called me three days ago snd said the lab results show lichen planus. She said it could have been caused by my cholesterol meds. She prescribed a very strong steroid cream Clobetasol Propionate USP 0.05.
I don't know what good this will do but I am on my second day. I want a quick cure not an anti-itch cream to use for perpetuity. I am going back to the Dr in a week to get the stitches removed and am preparing my questions to take with me. A year seems excessive but I have read it can take two years to stop. I will let you know what she says when I get the stitches out.
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