Find Out If Lichen Planus Is Contagious
Is Lichen Planus contagious? This is the question that lingers in the minds of those who experience the symptoms or are aware that the condition exists. The question is not surprising since the symptoms of Lichen Planus are almost the same as the symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The quick answer is no. Lichen Planus is not contagious and transmittable. You cannot get it from another person nor can you pass it to someone else. Get to know the condition to find out why.
Studies show that instances of Lichen Planus are usually the result of the body’s immune system strongly and automatically responding to a perceived attack albeit mistakenly. As the system counterattacks its own cells, symptoms start to show signaling the onset of an outbreak.
The condition comes in different types, and usually depending on the location of the symptoms:
- Classic type shows on the skin, often on the wrists and ankles. You will see shiny bumps that are bright red to purplish in color. You will also notice fine whitish lines crossing the bumps or what you know as Wickham's Striae. These bumps are usually itchy.
- Oral Lichen Planus where the symptoms show in the mouth, particularly: inside of the cheeks, gums, inner lips, and on the sides of your tongue. You will see lacy whitish streaks, mouth sores or ulcers, and at times gum peels. While the symptoms are typically confined in the mouth, they can be erosive and may lead to mouth cancer with persistent occurrence.
- Genital Lichen Planus, which can either be vaginal or penile, is the type that affects the sex organs (vagina, penis) and may result with difficulty in having sex due to very painful symptoms. This type can also be erosive and may cause genital abnormalities such as constriction of the vaginal passageway or disappearance of the labia minora.
THE RISK OF GETTING IT
Knowing the risk is another way in determining if Lichen Planus is contagious. Both men and women can get it, and unlike STDs, virgins can also experience the symptoms. Oral Lichen Planus, however, are more likely to hit women than men. The disease is common among middle-aged adults, and is uncommon among children and the seniors.
HOW TO TREAT IT
The first thing you need to do is to discard your misconception of the disease that may prevent you from consulting a health expert out of embarrassment or guilt.
Get a reliable diagnosis from any of the following: physician, dermatologist, or dentist. The symptoms (location) will guide you on choosing who to consult or where to get your diagnosis. Mild instances of Lichen Planus usually can go without treatment, as it will disappear on its own.
Moderate to severe occurrences need intervention to control and manage the symptoms. You can choose from natural treatments, drug-based treatments, or a combination of both. However, these forms of Lichen Planus require your immediate attention and treatment to prevent complications: symptoms on the scalp, mouth, and genitals especially when they are erosive. Scalp symptoms can lead to baldness. Erosive oral and genital symptoms may trigger the formation of cancer cells in the body.
Natural remedies are often the best treatment for the following reasons:
- Lichen Planus usually disappear on its own making natural remedies safer to apply since they do not contain chemicals
- Drug-based medications contain certain levels of toxicity, and while these are tolerable by the body, repeated exposure to such can be harmful
- Natural treatment stimulates the body’s ability to heal itself, and despite their speed in delivering results, these are long-term and more permanent.
If you have the condition, you should not worry about Lichen Planus being contagious because it is not. However, you should do something about it if only to free yourself from painful symptoms, and prevent complications that may arise with certain types of the condition.