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@rashida I'm new to this group, and very grateful to have discovered a place where we can have discussions about lichen planus. I was recently diagnosed, after experiencing very painful mouth lesions since mid-December. I've been prescribed Oracort dental paste (Triamcinolone Acetonide) by two doctors, and used salt rinses extensively, all to no avail. My dentist suggested L-Lysine supplement, which didn't work. Finally saw an ENT specialist in late February, who diagnosed oral lichen planus and prescribed Clobetasol Ointment (anti-inflammatory topical steroid), which is helping a bit. I also apply pure CBD Oil to the lesions twice a day, which alleviates the pain for a while. I've researched extensively and am now taking Curcumin Ultra 237 mg once a day, as well as trying sesame oil and coconut oil rinses daily. I only use a baking soda toothpaste (no SLS) and a natural type mouthwash (no SLS, alcohol, fragrance, etc.). If I sound somewhat desperate, it's because I AM! I feel that the CBD Oil and Curcumin capsules are the most helpful so far, but eruptions are so painful and ongoing. I have GCA and wonder if anyone else has that? I found a medical article online outlining a case of both these autoimmune diseases. I can post that later, if you wish. Would love to hear from others with this awful condition.

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@artist01 I hear you! I tried all those prescription meds – I found Oracort the most inconvenient! My gums felt like I had razor cuts all over them and they stung when I ate or drank anything so for me salt water rinse was not an option (by the way, I discovered – in my case at least – that the lichen planus got vicious when I ate mushrooms)! I was referred to an oral surgeon at Sunnybrook Hospital (Toronto) who finally injected all around my gums with something (possibly a steroid) and within a week, not only did my gum inflammation clear up, but also the psoriasis all over my body! Unfortunately, about four or six months later lichen planus and psoriasis returned with a vengeance! Went back to the oral surgeon and asked for the injections again. She said it is not a long term solution and because I mentioned my psoriasis she referred me to the Dermatology Clinic in the same hospital. There I was put in Methotrexate – 8-2.5mg. Pills once a week – and it took about six month, but my lichen planus and psoriasis cleared up.

Unfortunately I have fatty liver disease so after three years they decided to titrate the Methotrexate dosage to four pills a week. Psoriasis returned in my scalp with a vengeance so now I am on two Methotrexate pills a week and Stelara injection 90ml every twelve weeks since last July. So far, no effect on my psoriasis, but I’m happy that the lichen planus is still under control!