The top treatments for treating lichen planus at home include topical hydrocortisone applications, baths in colloidal oatmeal, aloe vera gel and cold compresses, states Mayo Clinic. There are several popular alternative medicine treatments for lichen planus including tea tree oil and sulfur mineral baths, but their effectiveness is unconfirmed scientifically.
Lichen planus is an inflammatory condition in the skin and mucous membranes that causes itchy purple bumps with flat tops on the skin or lacy white patches and painful sores on mucous membranes, Mayo Clinic explains. The bumps most often appear on the inner forearm, wrist, ankles and sometimes on the external genitals. The white lacy patches often occur in the mouth, while the condition most often causes painful ulcers in the mouth or vagina. Other symptoms include blisters that break and scab, nail damage, hair loss and scalp discoloration.
Lichen planus is an autoimmune condition where the body's immune system attacks the affected areas, says Mayo Clinic. Most outbreaks of lichen planus symptoms can be managed at home, and the condition is not usually dangerous. Its causes are unknown, but several factors are thought to trigger it including the flu vaccine, hepatitis B vaccine, ibuprofen and hepatitis C infection.