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Oral lichen Planus

Autoimmune Diseases | Last Active: Sep 10 7:15am | Replies (71)

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@johnbishop

Hello @microgirl, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I read a post earlier in this discussion where @orangealert mentioned that mouthwashes and toothpaste containing sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) can often make the symptoms worse. I don't have oral lichen planus but used to have a lot of canker sores frequently and switched to a toothpaste that does not contains SLS and it has helped me. @artist01 @rashida and other member may also have suggestions.

You mentioned the appointment with the specialist not going very well. Have you thought about a second opinion at a major teaching hospital or health facility like Mayo Clinic?

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Hi John,
Thank you. I am currently using toothpaste and mouthwash specifically for sensitive gums, but I do need to check to make certain they do not contain SLS. I ordered auto-immune support lozenges this morning containing echinacea, zinc and vitamine C, which was suggested by someone.
The specialist seems very informative and he was pleased with the results so far, but I would like to get to ground zero as to why this is happening and see if I can remove the stimulus from my life rather than just treating the symptoms which is what I believe we are doing.
The second opinion may be a good direction. Thank you