Ask the dentist: a burning sensation in the mouth could be a warning sign of lichen planus
LOOKING inside your mouth for white stringy lumps peeling off your tongue and cheeks would naturally sound an alarm bell.
If the soft tissue in your mouth not only looks weird but also feels like it’s on fire, it could be a condition called lichen planus, LP.
So what tipped the scales that caused the cheeks to go from a healthy pink to a marbled marbled look? Well, sometimes the cause is elusive, but sometimes it can be linked to a previous hepatitis C infection that attacked the liver.
It can also be due to certain medications or a reaction to the metal fillings in your teeth. Sometimes, this is even because the immune system goes awry and starts attacking the body’s own cells instead of protecting them.
A few studies link LP to low levels of vitamin D, which has a knock-on effect on the immune system, so another reason to get your pins out and soak up the sun’s rays when you have them. opportunity.
Oral symptoms can go hand in hand with red and shiny looking skin lesions or purplish bumps which are most common on the wrists, arms, back, and ankle.
Lichen planus can target the nails causing them to split or, in unfortunate cases, fall out completely. Even the genitals can be affected, making them bright red, itchy, and tender.
LP tends to affect middle aged men and women so fortunately it is very rare in young people. If you think you have any of these symptoms, ask your doctor or dentist to take a look.
A biopsy may be taken to be examined under a microscope to obtain a definitive diagnosis. It is important to keep an eye out for lesions because in extremely rare cases they can turn cancerous.
Fortunately, in most cases, LP lesions resolve on their own within two years. Any itching with LP can be treated with creams and medications from your doctor.
You can also try to avoid spicy or salty foods and some people with LP find that using sodium laurel sulfate-free toothpaste relieves the burning sensation.