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Lichen Planus and can a hand cream help?!

We have had an email from one of our longstanding customers about her husband’s problems with a condition called lichen planus which has caused really itchy skin, particularly on his ankles.

She says: ‘My husband has a condition called Lichen Planus which is incurable but not life threatening. This appeared first as a small sore in his mouth which is managed by avoiding citrus and certain toothpastes. This has progressed to patches on his ankles which are very rough and itchy. He has tried some products with limited effect but last week I suggested that he try your hand cream which has worked a treat and reduced the redness and the itch. It will be interesting to see if this is maintained but at the moment, he is delighted and I don’t have to tell him constantly to stop scratching.’

So, what is lichen planus?

This is what the NHS website has to say about the condition:

Lichen planus is a non-infectious, itchy rash that can affect many areas of the body. Affected areas can include the:
arms, legs and trunk
mouth (oral lichen planus)
nails and scalp
vulva, vagina and penis

The exact cause of lichen planus is unknown. However, the condition isn’t infectious and doesn’t usually run in families. It can’t be passed on to other people, including sexual partners.

A GP can usually diagnose lichen planus by examining the rash and asking about your symptoms. Oral lichen planus is often diagnosed by a dentist during routine dental check-ups.

Who’s affected by lichen planus
Lichen planus is thought to affect 1-2% of the worldwide population. It’s more common in adults over the age of 40.
Lichen planus of the skin affects men and women equally. However, oral lichen planus is more common in women. The mouth is affected in around 50% of all cases of lichen planus (oral lichen planus).

If you are experiencing itching caused by this condition, do give us a call as we would be happy to provide samples to see if our products can provide some relief for you.

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