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How would a physician differentiate between eosinophilic esophagitis and severe oral lichen planus?

I am diagnosed with only oral lichen planus, never had a purple papule on flexor surfaces. I have no lower esophogeal sphincter tone, and severe esophagitis.

The physician would use Gastroscopy.

Try www.emedicine.com BUT dont go directly --> go thru Yahoo Search / Google search otherwise you will be taken to payment page. Search both diseases like --> "eosinophilic esophagitis emedicine"

The site is an excellent resource even for doctors.  (+ info)

Which is the difference between oral lichen planus of the tongue and oral hairy leukoplakia of the tongue?

From the pictures i have seen on the internet they seem the same to me.I have these little white irregular lines that sometimes appear on the lateral sides of my tongue but when i see the pictures they resemble to oral hairy leukoplakia and lichen planus of the lateral sides of the tongue.I just want to know how can i distinguish the main differences between the two as far as their appearance and symptoms are concerned?

I think that this should clear it up! This is from my Kerr and Ash's Oral Pathology book from 1986. I am not convinced that anything has changed.

Lichen planus is a relatively common dermatological (skin) disease with oral manifestations in about 1/3 of the cases. The clinical oral manifestation vary from flat or slightly elevated lesion with striae to extensive areas of ulceration or erosion (erosive lichen planus). Except for the erosive type, the oral lesions are seldom a diagnosis problem or require treatment. The presence of skin lesions helps to make a diagnosis in erosive lichen planus. It has unknown etiology, but may be stress related and looks white and lacey.

Oral hairy leukoplakia is a viral leukoplakia of the tongue in immunosuppressed male homosexuals who have or may develop the features of AIDS..... Clinical lesions appear as white, slightly raised "hairy" plaques on the tongue, they usually do not rub off to leave a bleeding surface as may be seen in candidial lesions.

JAMRDH - a dental hygienist  (+ info)

I have been diagnosed with Oral Lichen Planus and is very painful. Anyone have any helpful home remedies?

I have been given predisone and triamcinolone to help with the lesions on my skin, but neither do anything for my tongue and I'm at the end of my rope. Any suggestions would be so deeply appreciated.

I've read that aloe vera juice (the kind you can drink) is great for gargling, then swollowing. Also, you should avoid all products with sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and peroxide, so check your toothpaste/mouthwash carefully. I've read that biotene is good. Finally, avoid all acidic foods, such as tomatoes. You can neutralize the acid by adding a bit of sugar.

This is a nasty autoimmune disorder, so the prednisone should help a bit. I'd also suggest finding an online forum/group for this disorder because you'll glean incredible information from people who've had this for a while.

Best to you, and good luck.  (+ info)

Has anyone with Oral Lichen Planus been able to keep it under control?

I am getting so peeved off with it and so far everything the doctors have prescribed only gives temporary short term relief. In fact I don't even think they really know how to treat it.

Oral Lichen Planus can definitely be very well controlled with Homeopathy. The medicines will help in preventing flare-ups and don't give you any side-effects. Cortico-steroids are not very good in the long run and are better avoided. Check out the following page for more information: http://www.lichenplanus.com/oral_lp.htm

Hope to see you fine soon.  (+ info)

How Do I Cure Oral Thrush or Lichen Planus?

Homeopathy a.k.a. Alternative Medicine.

Lichen planus, which can cause very painful sores, often first appears as a fine, lacy network of white lines inside the cheeks or on the side of the tongue. The cause is not known and while it often clears itself, there is no cure as such.

Steroids such as corticosteroid are the usual conventional treatment however you can expect considerable improvement with a combined and preferably tailor-made course of homeopathy and nutritional medicine.

Recommended Homeopathic remedies for Lichen Planus:

Arsenicum album 30 twice daily when the following skin symptoms :
abdomen; skin; itching;
rectum; itching;
chest; skin; small, purplish spot;
skin; blisters;
skin; blisters; after scratching; ;
skin; swelling; shining;

Borax 4x twice daily when blisters mostly appear in mouth.

Sulphur 30 is very commonly indicated homoeopathy medicines for a range of skin disorders including urticaria. It is a true polychrest remedy having influence on various systems of body like skin, stomach, rectum, urinary system, respiratory system, etc. skin is dry, scaly, and unhealthy; every little injury suppurates. Skin ailments are associated with lot of itching and burning that becomes worse on scratching and washing. Itching more in the evening. Skin excoriations especially in folds. Skin becomes dry and hard. Feeling of a band around bones. Skin affections that develop after local medication. This remedy is more suited to thin and weak individuals who are very sensitive to heat. Mentally suited to people who are nearly always irritated and depressed. They are very forgetful. They are either too busy or they dare lazy and do not feel like doing work. Some of them may have a feeling that they are immensely.

Sulphur 30 twice daily for 15 days; in addition, both zinc which works to support the immune system and a good vitamin B complex may help. The B vitamins are known as nature‚Äôs own stress-busters and always work best synergistically when taken together which is why a B complex is often recommended.  (+ info)

Lichen Planus?

I have oral ,,and skin form ..of this disease that is suppose to be uncurable .Does anybody know of a natural cure or drug ,,herb ar anyway I can shake off this disease

I'm sorry but incurable means just that...there is no cure..medically or naturally. All you can do is deal with the symptoms. I'm sure your doctor has reviewed with you how to cope with the symptoms.  (+ info)

images of oral lichen planus or leukoplakia..any1?

i need some images or pics of oral manifestation of skin conditions like lichen planus or leukoplakia for my project report..
can any1 provide the link for the same?

Go to WebMd.com  (+ info)

I beleive I have Oral Lichen Planus?

Hey there, my name is Dan and I'm 18 years old and I'm going to see an Oral Surgeon in March about some painless white lines and white spots in my mouth. I beleive smoking has had some sort of effect on my mouth. Assuming cigarettes contain arsenic and many other carcinogenic substances, I beleive what has developed in my mouth is causing Lichen Planus, any help will be appreciated.
I've seen countless GP's and they all seem to also think Lichen Planus, I was just recently asked to go see an Oral Surgeon by my GP to be sure it's nothing serious.

Yes, lichen planus is a somewhat common occurence and normally harmless. However, an oral surgeon consult wouldn't be a bad idea just in case. Since you are a smoker, sometimes there can be precancerous cells and the oral surgeon can detect and remove before a problem occurs. Just make sure they do not want to do a ViziLite check on you, don't waste your money. You want someone who has a VelScope.  (+ info)

Oral lichen planus?

My dad has lichen planus in the mouth and on his skin as well. He has gone to go see a specialist who diagnosed him with it about 2 months ago. His next appointment isn't until the end of November since the doctor is so busy, so meanwhile it seems to be getting worse especially in his mouth. I know it makes him uncomfortable, embarrassed, and I can tell it bothers him so much. He wants to avoid the steroids as much as possible. Right now he's using some toothpaste and mouthwash from the biotene brand, he uses some aloe vera products, and takes vitamin A. Another thing is that I know it's an autoimmune disease stemming from stress, which describes my dad to the tee, but sadly that's how he's always been and I don't think that will change since it's in his nature to feel that way no matter what anyone says. I also heard that lichen planus can come from digestive problems to which my dad also has. Is there something out there to help him, because I can tell it's secretly breaking him down

I think to get it under control, he'll need to do the steroids (topical only...not systemic). Most of the time, LP is not a big deal, but it sounds like your dad may have erosive LP (ELP), which can be a precursor to cancer. Some people swear by CoQ10 treatment, some by High colonics. I can't comment on the efficacy of those therapies.  (+ info)

what is good for oral lichen planus?

a visit to the dentist  (+ info)

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