Lichen planus is a common skin condition I’ve seen many times over. I think it affects about one in a hundred people, mainly women and most commonly people over the age of 40.
Lichen planus is a chronic, autoimmune, inflammatory skin condition. This condition involves the T cell’s mediating response. If I remember correctly, there are certain inflammatory proteins that impact the keratin cells, resulting in a whiteish rash.
Lichen planus can impact the fingernails, the genitals, the face, and other parts of the body.
If you have lichen planus, the first thing I recommend is having a comprehensive stool analysis (CSA) performed by Doctor’s Data. Genova Diagnostics is another reputable lab that conducts stool testing.
Once you have your CSA results, work with a knowledgeable physician or naturopathy who can review your results, and design a customized treatment plan.
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Often people with autoimmune diseases such as lichen planus have problems with their small intestine that need repairing. They could have a leaky gut. A breath test may be appropriate, but the focus should really be a bowel makeover.
The first priority is to get any harmful bugs cleaned up and sorted out. The next step is to work on your diet. I recommend a diet that is very similar to the Candida Crusher approach.
Take the junk and crappy foods out of your diet. Focus on eating fresh vegetables, fruit, leans meats, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Drink plenty of clean, filtered, drinking water.
When you follow these dietary principles, your body builds up a high population of beneficial bacteria, and your immune system improves. When immune function improves, the body’s inflammatory response downregulates. The result will be an improvement in the lichen planus. You may still have the condition but in a much less aggressive state.
Next, add supplements like probiotics and Omega-3 fatty acids. I suggest taking 2000 mg per day of Omega-3 if you have lichen planus. It can make a significant difference.