Diet & Lichen Planus

Diet & Lichen Planus
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A common plant may successfully treat oral lichen planus, a painful condition affecting the lining of the mouth.

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There’s another inflammatory autoimmune condition called oral lichen planus, in which your immune system starts attacking the lining of your mouth. This is what it looks like. It’s actually not that rare—strikes up to 2% of the population. And there’s no cure, and the available treatments are pretty nasty in themselves—steroids, immunosuppressants. Sometimes, the lesions can even turn into cancer.

Thankfully, scientists just discovered a new treatment. A treatment with no side effects. A treatment leading to remarkable clinical improvement in the vast majority of patients—even total remission. And it’s just a plant; a simple, common plant. Which one is it?

Is it artichokes, celery root, fiddlehead ferns, Jerusalem artichokes—which are actually the roots of sunflowers, hence the term sunchoke—purslane, or watercress? I gave a hint when I said it was a common plant; it is, in fact, one of the most common plants in the world. Purslane.

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There’s another inflammatory autoimmune condition called oral lichen planus, in which your immune system starts attacking the lining of your mouth. This is what it looks like. It’s actually not that rare—strikes up to 2% of the population. And there’s no cure, and the available treatments are pretty nasty in themselves—steroids, immunosuppressants. Sometimes, the lesions can even turn into cancer.

Thankfully, scientists just discovered a new treatment. A treatment with no side effects. A treatment leading to remarkable clinical improvement in the vast majority of patients—even total remission. And it’s just a plant; a simple, common plant. Which one is it?

Is it artichokes, celery root, fiddlehead ferns, Jerusalem artichokes—which are actually the roots of sunflowers, hence the term sunchoke—purslane, or watercress? I gave a hint when I said it was a common plant; it is, in fact, one of the most common plants in the world. Purslane.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

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Doctor's Note

For more on oral health, check out these videos:
Plant-Based Diets: Oral Health
Black Raspberries versus Oral Cancer
Plant-Based Diets: Dental Health
What’s the Best Mouthwash?

And check out my other videos on alternative medicine

For some more context, also see my associated blog post:  Do Vegans Get More Cavities? 

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    1. SUBJECT: Lichen Sclerosus

      Dr. Greger:
      I have a family member that has suffered with lichen sclerosus for years and after a quick search on your website, I’ve noticed you haven’t covered this chronic condition yet. Would you and your team please make a video that covers the most effective natural/lifestyle treatments for lichen sclerosus?

      I started to become a health and wellness advocate back in 2007 but it was when I discovered Dr Ornish’s study emphasizing certain lifestyle practices that really help me guide my routine (this was years before I discovered your work). I have educated my family and we regularly exercise, practice social support, mindfulness & stress management and have adopted a whole foods plant based diet during the beginning of 2017. I’m a biologist by profession, so I’m very familiar with reading/interpreting peer-reviewed literature and over the years I’ve definitely observed a convergence in supporting research surrounding the benefits for these lifestyle practices. Thats why I’m confident these lifestyle practices will help but would like to know if there is something more specific she can do or use to help… thank you.

      Respectfully,
      Ryan

      1. Yes, I’d like to know the answer to this, as well re: lichen sclerosus. I had it and they gave me a topical medication. It’s since gone. The Ob/Gyn says it happens often to post-menopausal women. However, he also said it’s ‘incurable’ but I haven’t taken the medication for over 1 1/2 years (stopped using panty liners which have chemicals) and now am WFPB. I still would like to know your research on this, Dr. Greger, because it impacts countless women (and many too embarrassed to discuss). Thank you.

        1. It is an embarrassing subject not likely to be discussed. I have tried steroid topicals without success. I have been on a WFPB diet for a long time, but has not conquered this. Ready to try a purslane and coconut oil home made cream and will keep my fingers crossed that it works.

          Live love laugh

    2. I was misdiagnosed with yeast infections for well over a year until my doctor finally did a swab and told me I had vaginal Lichen Planus. I also suffer from hypothyroidism. I was only given a prescription for cream and am making a follow up appointment to ask to see a specialist. It seems my nails may also be suffering as I have indents over most of them. Is there anything I can do diet wise to help?

      1. Hi I’m a moderator with NutritionFacts. Thanks for your great question. What your probably want to focus on is anti-inflammatory foods. I would look at some of the information on other autoimmune disease and inflammatory diseases that Dr. Greger has. Plant based diets have been shown to be anti-inflammatory and help with other autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and Lupus. Here are just a few links to information you might find helpful:
        https://nutritionfacts.org/topics/autoimmune-diseases/
        https://nutritionfacts.org/video/potassium-and-autoimmune-disease/
        https://nutritionfacts.org/2013/05/30/plant-based-diets-for-psoriasis/
        https://nutritionfacts.org/video/sodium-and-autoimmune-disease-rubbing-salt-in-the-wound/
        https://nutritionfacts.org/video/why-do-plant-based-diets-help-rheumatoid-arthritis/
        https://nutritionfacts.org/video/benefits-of-turmeric-curcumin-for-inflammatory-orbital-pseudotumor/
        https://nutritionfacts.org/video/which-spices-fight-inflammation/

        All the best,
        NurseKelly
        Moderator

      1. Yes you can eat those things (personally I’d skip the strawberry shake and go for a strawberry smoothie, dairy free) and you can eat just about anything that isn’t painful or spicy. I would also avoid spearmint, especially in toothpastes. According to my dentist, there are some toothpastes that are notorious for triggering this disease which is what happened to me. I have switched to children’s fruit toothpastes and special soft toothbrushes. I’d also avoid cinnamon. I’ve had much improvement by adding turmeric (both supplement and fresh) and sticking with a whole food plant based diet focusing on anti-inflammatory foods. My bout with Lichen Planus has lasted almost two years and I’m just about back to normal. I can’t wait to try purslane. I bought seeds last year, planted them this spring and am hoping to see some soon. Unfortunately it isn’t a weed that I see in my area, but I’ll start checking out empty lots lol!

    3. Where do you find purslane?
      It is not common around here.I had a small amount that grew wild in my garden a couple of times, but the bugs soon ate it up. I tried growing it from seed, but was not very successful. They don’t sell it around here, even at farmers market, because, even refrigerated it has a very short shelf life. I didn’t have much success trying to dry it like other herbs I dry, as it just rotted instead.

  1. I am currently taking 10 mg of prednisone for oral lichen planus and I would love to stop taking it for good! How much purslane so you have to eat daily to keep the lichen planus from flairing up?

    1. Hello MissReesa,
      Owning a dermatology practice I would like to know too! Start by adding parsllane to your salads. A recipe I have for a similar succulent- type plant is to quickly put the parslane in boiling water to slightly wilt it, drain it then add thinly slices of tomatoes. Monitor your progress. Clinically speaking, check with your doctor about immune deficiencies, as well as check with a biologic dentist for failed amalgams and/or a sensitivity to gold in your teeth. Additional inspiring links to the topic of immunity can be found here http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/immune-function/

    2. I also suffer from lichen planus it shows up on the back of my fore arms and my legs. It starts off as tiny red bumps that itch constantly and upon scratching it it produces large unsightly dark/black spots that itch constantly as well. Will taking the plant called purslane help to alleviate this problem? Are there any other remedies?

      1. I am not familiar with purslane; however, I intend to research this and give it try. I was recently diagnosed with Lichen Planus (the very same as you have been diagnosed with). My Dermatologist has put me on the Paleo DIet, which excludes various things that causes LPP to flare up. Such as: Legumes, Peanuts, eggs (You can eat the omega 3 eggs), only eat beef produced by grass fed cows, citric acid (lemons, limes, oranges, sodas…etc), dairy, and the ones which can be remembered by the acronym BROW (Barley, rye, oats, wheat). In addition, my doctor is putting a medical wrap on my leg tomorrow to see if this will nullify any active breakouts and heal my skin in preparation for corticosteroid treatment and PUVA (which is a laser light treatment to remove the pigmentation which the LPP has caused). I will be posting in about two weeks to advise as to how this has worked and on-going as I find out what works and what may help others. Oh, and Oat baths with Coconut oil to moisturize the skin. Also, because LPP affects a high percentage of people who have Hepatitis C, I am getting that test done also. Hep C unlike A and B, may not have symptoms. It is usually contracted through blood transfusion or needle use I am told. So, to be safe, I advise anyone with LPP to get checked for Hep C. The good news is Hep C is curable. Yeah.

        1. Denise,
          My mother has had oral Lichen Planus, for at least 10 years. It has moved to other areas including her throat. Can you tell me how your treatment is working and the name of your doctor.
          Thanks,
          Kathy Harmon
          klharmon55@att.net

  2. Hello Dr. Greger,
    Thank you for this video!
    I have been diagnosed with oral lichen planus in the gums and will not do the nasty drug route, as it provides no clinical improvement or remission. I am eager to begin taking purslane, and like the previous commentators, would like to know how much to eat. The article cited (Efficacy of Purslane, in the journal Phytotherapy Research) says patients received a single dose of purslane extract in the form of 235 mg capsules—but I can’t tell if the dose was one time only or repeated daily over the course of six months.
    What is the edible equivalent?
    Does it need to be eaten raw or is lightly steaming or cooked as effective?
    I’ve searched every website for purslane supplements, but cannot find any. Do you know if and where they can be purchased?
    P.S.: I and many members of my family became committed vegans after reading your articles and watching your videos. I can’t thank you enough for all of your public service activities.

    1. I was diagnosed with lichen planus in March 2013. Thankfully I saw your video about purslane very soon after and I eat a
      minimum of 4 ounces of raw purslane every day. I don’t have to take
      any drugs for my symptoms any longer and the progression has stopped. I
      also take 2 standardized olive leaf capsules a day which seems to
      strengthen the immunity. I did some research and saw that thiazide
      drugs are linked to the development of Lichen Planus and I was taking
      Hydroclorityiazide for blood pressure. I stopped taking it and started
      drinking more beet juice, meditating and doing some CBT for my panic
      attacks and my blood pressure is now as good or better than when I was
      on the drug. I am 63 and a vegan for 7 years. I also take some Chinese
      herbs for the blood pressure. Another thinkg I saw was some research
      linking invisalign braces to Lichen Planus. I have had invisalign since
      2/1/11 so I had a retainer made out of stainless steel and acyrilic.
      All of these things have stopped the progression of this illness. Hope
      this helps someone else.

      1. Thank you for this. I had a gum biopsy and do not have all the major symptoms of OLP but it is pointing in that direction. I guess a milder version. I will try using the purslane if I can find it and the Olive Leaf caps.

  3. Could you give any hope for lichen planus on the skin but not oral, of a 10 year old girl? As far as I know, her paternal grandmother had it.

  4. Thank you so much Dr. Greger for the information about purslane as a treatment for oral lichen planus!…I have endured constant pain from OLP for 2 years….doctor did a biopsy which led to the diagnosis but none of my dr’s have any idea how to treat it…I will definitely be back to your site and thank you for the work you do.Christina

  5. I have lichen planus and your suggestion to use purslane has really cut down on the inflammation. I want to know if there is any way to cure it? I will try anything.

    1. Immediately make dietary changes, no refine salt, less sugar, no yeast, no dairy products, no sour foods lemon tamarind tomatoes vinegar. No sesame oil and seeds. Avoid refined flours. Take homeopathy. Do yoga and reduce stress let go.

  6. Doctor, my urologist recently diagnosed me with genital lichen planus, although what I have doesn’t look to me like lichen planus pictures I’ve seen, he is a very respected guy, but I need a second opinion. Does the purslane work for this type of lichen planus? Can I get extract of purslane? What dosages would you recommend? I am 55, male and 235 lbs.

    Thank you.

    1. Before i jump off a high bridge I would like to ask if there is any nutritional remedy for lichen sclerosis. I’m a male and this is devastating to say the least…

      1. Basil I too have lichen sclerosis, I have found Dairy esp cheese to increase the itchiness. Avoiding def helps manage the condition.

  7. I have used this plant I bought it at Lowes for Oral lichen Planus I am completely healed this is so great! I have pictures I would love to show anyone interested . My primary care doctor told me this wasn’t going to go away . Well I’m proud to say it has !!!!!!!!!!Thank you Dr. Greger for the work you do .

      1. Lowes is a home improvement store with locations in the United States. They also sell lawn and garden things (including plants). There may be stores located in other countries. You can google for Lowe’s online and if there is not one near you, perhaps you can order online.

      2. Hi,

        It is my understanding that many people have discovered “Sidr Honey” in your area of the Middle East. The popular consensus is that it had great medicinal properties and the Egyptians used it to treat many medical problems. I found only one place in the USA
        and bought some. Perhaps the American spelling is a bit different, but it has help me a bit for my OLP. Perhaps you may find it
        in Lebanon as well. Wish you luck! Glory

    1. Would be interested in knowing genus/species of plant “Happy” purchased at Lowe’s. My lichen planus presented almost 2 years ago. .. reasonably under control. Occasional flare – ups. Got purslane start from a friend but hasn’t grown fast enough to eat that much on a regular basis. Thank you Dr Gregor. Patty

      1. Portulaca oleracea (common purslane, also known as verdolaga, pigweed, little hogweed, red root, pursley, and moss . Hope it’s not too
        Late to share this!

    2. All these comments and no one can give specifics on how much purslane was used to help with oral LP?

      Would appreciate any guidance…. should capsules be used and swallowed, and if so how much? Or do you chew on the leaves? and again – how much?

        1. Summer17 I take Purslane capsules 400 mg and they work. I have a bad case OLP. It really works. You take one pill a day. You still have to watch what you eat and drink. I got them on Amazon.com from Swanson it contains 60 pills. The cost is $7.99 a bottle. Good Luck.

      1. EVERYONE READ THIS! NEW STUDY on RASPBERRY LEAF TEA & EXTRACT. It has brought people into remission! Dr. Greger may have not gotten word yet. This is VERY new. NOT SPAM. I suffer from a severe case of this and am now trying purslane and once I get a hold of this, it will be my new cocktail. Perhaps mixed together or made into cookies? Just trying to spread the love of information. Be well everybody.

        http://www.hrpub.org/download/20150930/OJDOM3-18004723.pdf

    3. Can you please share what plant you are talking about? Just seeing this these posts are from 2 years ago. If you come on here please share us your happiness. Thank you…….Glenda

  8. I have been diagnosed with oral and esophagus lichen planus. What do I need to do to have a thin to liquid diet while I wait to be treated. (insurance company needs to be pre approved)

    1. I was also diagnosed with Oral Lichen Planus many years ago. I was embarrassed to laugh with my mouth open because of the way my tongue looked. When I saw a small study showing that purslane controlled and sometimes reversed OLP I decided to give it a try. And it works. I purchase mine in a dessicated (powdered) form from a Canadian company called Natural Plantations. They sell capsules as well, but the powdered form is the most economical. 1/8 tsp per day in water (or your smoothie, juice, etc.) I also use the shampoo and conditioner as my scalp has problems with lichen planus and it seems to control this as well. Very knowledgeable company owner, good service. Purslane is an outstanding anti-oxidant.

        1. EVERYONE READ THIS! NEW STUDY on RASPBERRY LEAF TEA & EXTRACT. It has brought people into remission! Dr. Greger may have not gotten word yet. This is VERY new. NOT SPAM. I suffer from a severe case of this and am now trying purslane and once I get a hold of this, it will be my new cocktail. Perhaps mixed together or made into cookies? Just trying to spread the love of information. Be well everybody.
          http://www.hrpub.org/download/20150930/OJDOM3-18004723.pdf

  9. EVERYONE READ THIS! NEW STUDY on RASPBERRY LEAF TEA & EXTRACT. It has brought people into remission! Dr. Greger may have not gotten word yet. This is VERY new. NOT SPAM. I suffer from a severe case of this and am now trying purslane and once I get a hold of this, it will be my new cocktail. Perhaps mixed together or made into cookies? Just trying to spread the love of information. Be well everybody.

    http://www.hrpub.org/download/20150930/OJDOM3-18004723.pdf

  10. I have lichen planus but in little spots all over my body. Will a purslane tincture work just as well? I think my lichen planus stems from an oral infection I’ve had for years.. Is that possible?

  11. Dr Greger: OM3, from what I have heard, is abundant in Purslane. Would you please address any studies that might be out to support this? Thanks

  12. hi,

    I have lichen sclerosis. I noticed that you do not have any videos addressing this health issue…. is there any literature to support something in the diet to help with this disease?

    Thank you

  13. Hello,

    I was wondering if anyone knew how to treat Lichen Sclerosus with diet, and if anyone had found any scientific based evidence to support this? I can’t find anything on the site.

    Thanks!

    Ellen

  14. I have been diagnosed with Lichen Planopilaris by my dermatologist which is a autoimmune disorder where the body attacks hair. The result is scarring permanent hair loss. It is a slow gradual process in my case and I have had it for maybe 4-5 years. The doctor had me on doxycycline for awhile but I do not want to take an antibiotic long term, the doctor said there is no cure sometimes it can be managed or slowed down. He said the number of cases of this disease are increasing but the medical community does not know why. I know the above video is a different issue but I could not find anywhere else to post my question. Thoughts or insights would be appreciated.

    1. Hi Ryder, I am one of the site moderators. No doubt you are truly suffering from your skin disease and taking long term medications often create their own problems which lead to a constellation of other things you must deal with. People with any sort of autoimmune disorder have the problem that their own immune system is attacking them creating a chronic inflammatory state. The steroids and other medications given decrease this inflammatory reaction but there is obviously no change in whatever might be the underlying cause of the inflammation. Look up the specifics regarding the “anti-inflammatory diet”. It can take awhile but via an elimination process you might be able to determine which foods increase the inflammation in your body which might lead to reducing the medications you are on. An even more intensive approach is to follow the diet that Joe Cross went on and filmed for the movie “Fat, Sick and nearly Dead”. He had a similar devastating skin disorder and has been able to clear it up and remain off medications after drastically altering his diet. I hope you can find some improvement. Best wishes.

  15. Hi have lichen planus all over my body and i used prednizone for a week 8 for 2 days then 7,6,5,4,3,2,1 and since I noticed its like blisters purple I thought I need something to dry them out so I tried pine jell that you use for cleaning floors with at first I only bathed with it so I took n now its faiding completely without any medication lichen planus I cronic though I had it 8 years ago and now its back again but the steroids and pine jell help alot I’m so glad cause it helped when I first got it 8 years ago and now its also fading again i informed my dermatologist about it

  16. It really help if its not a cure for lichen planus just keep pushing use prednizone and pinejell no cream afterword keep your skin dry

  17. I also have been diagnosed with lichen sclerosus. Has impacted my entire life. Using topical steroids without much relief. I am already vegan, whole foods , minimum oils and salt, no processed. WHAT ELSE CAN I DO? Really having a difficult time. HELP!

    1. Hi Rosa Green, thanks for your question. I am one of the volunteer moderators at the website. I was looking in the literature to see if there are anything else that one could look into for this issue I saw this review.
      In this review they screened 87 of 95 studies that contained qualitative data. Avoid: Dry climate, heat, alcohol compress, ice packs, frequent bathing and washing, intake of very hot and spicy food, intake of alcohol, contact with irritant substances, excitement, strain and stress, and allergens. Using: Mild nonalkaline soaps, moisturizers, bathing oils, lukewarm water while bathing, soft cotton clothing and night creams/lotions, relaxation therapy, autogenic training, psychosocial education, educating patients to cope with itching and scratching, and educational programs. Especially use of moisturizers is considered important. In addition, symptomatic treatment options include systemic H1 antihistamines and topical corticosteroids. Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Pruritus: An Expert Consensus Review

      1. Thank you for the prompt reply. I do most of these things already. Not dealing with itching, but a constant burning sensation and pain.
        What is autogenic training? What about stem cell therapy? I am reading everything I can on this subject, and I appreciate your help.

  18. A friend of mine has been diagnosed with lichen schlerosis (bxo). Would purslane also work for this? If not, would anything else work?

  19. I developed lichen planus about three years ago and started using Purslane, verdolaga, or Portulaca oleracea which are the same thing. I live near several farmers markets and buy it fresh from the vendors there. It grows wild as a weed between their rows of crops, and I ask them to pick it and bring it to market for me. It only grows during the summer months, so near the end of the summer I have them pick quite a few bunches of it and I freeze it to use during the winter. I make a fruit smoothie every morning and throw a handful of purslane in my smoothie. I went from a pretty severe case of constant burning in my mouth to having it almost disappear entirely. It only reappears a couple times of year – usually when I have not been able to use my smoothies for several days. I have bought the purslane seeds on Amazon and have grown it in my garden too. I have also purchased the dry powder and used that when I’m traveling. I am a believer in purslane.

  20. I have dermatologic Lichen Planus. Same treatment? I ate verdolagas as a kid, but I’ve never seen it in stores. Do the pills work as well and, if so, what’s the necessary dosage?

  21. Excluding night shade family of foods definitely works taking my oral lichens planus from flare ups to remission. Mostly, tomatoes, peppers, white potatoes, cayenne, chilie powder, etc

  22. Hi sir,
    I have got lichen planus. You have insisted some food diet for Lp. I was living in India. I think these plants are not easily available in my country. Could you please suggest some diet that are easily available in my country

  23. I have lichen planus and hidradentis supprativa, both have been difficult to deal with as there is no cure.
    For LP i keep it under control by clipping my nails regularly amd not scratching the spots. HS is worse and both make me feel miserable. I want to make diet change if it helps. For HS theu have AIP diet, what kinda diet is there for LP.

  24. I’m no doctor but I’ve done a lot of trial and error, myself as the guinea pig lol! I highly recommend you do a lot of research on the benefits of a whole plant diet, focusing on anti inflammatory foods. I have had a lot of improvement since I stopped eating meat. Fish was my last holdout, and when I found out about the toxins I dropped it like a hot potato! Not only has my OLP and LP nearly disappeared, but nearly crippling arthritis is completely gone. I also must add that I have been strictly gluten free for 10 years, but since I stopped all meat and dairy and focused on fresh veggies and fruit, I feel better than I have at any time in my life. I am 60 and am healthier than I was at 20!

  25. Recently, after a routine exam, my dentist suggested a specialist for a biopsy, indicating I may have OLP. Up until that moment I had never heard of such a thing. The pain and irritation has been overwhelming at times and no one seems to have much information until I found your website. My concern now is my eyes, although I have not found a thing regarding OLP and the eyes. I have minor seepage in the mornings that is extremely unusual and I can’t see a specialist until next month. I have seen some reference to the eye on other websites, but nothing other than a mention. Perhaps someone here may have heard something along the way in personal research?
    Your website is so informational and a blessing! Thank You!

  26. Dr. Gregor, I now believe I have lichen planus oral, but so far I’ve been treated for thrush. My doctor was perplexed when he couldn’t scrape anything off, but went ahead and ordered diflucan 200mg a day for a week. When I started taking diflucan the reddish, purplish flat bumps showed up all over. Especially in the nether regions. And wow was it painful and itched. A week later my mouth hasn’t improved and he wants me to take another week. Then I saw this about lichen planus. He said my blood tests were normal other than some enemia. What is going on with me?! Help please! I have the tiny white bumps that create a lacy pattern on the inside of cheeks and my tongue feels raw and painful. Today a stranger white inflamed ring showed up after lying in the sun for awhile. Which I don’t do often. Hoping to boost the morale. I also have had no energy and depression worsening. It really bothers me to have something that my doctor can’t figure out and obviously aren’t tasting me correctly. I have Medicaid and Medicare and don’t believe I can go to dermatologist. I know you can’t diagnose, but any ideas? Anything would be helpful. Thank you so much for your time, CNBlack

  27. Wow if that wasn’t confusing. Sorry. Let me make it simpler. I have been being treated with one dose dyflucan or nystatin for the last 4mos for thrush. The “thrush” never was alleviated. Instead my tongue and cheeks began having a weird texture and eventually painful. Then, 10 days ago Dr started treating me with 200mg dyflucan daily for 7 days to eradicate the “thrush” once and for all. When I started taking that, the red and purple bumps showed in other places of my body. I don’t know what the connection between this and dyflucan is, but it is curious. Can dyflucan exacerbate or bring on symptoms of lichen planus. I’m also thinking I not only have it in my mouth but on my skin as well. It says this is rare and I have a hard time believing im that lucky 1% that gets it.

  28. Catherine,

    I would suggest you consider an alternative to the diflucan as your body’s response may be a possible adverse reaction.

    A much more complete workup of your chemistry is in order. You might find it useful do a diet diary along with a evaluation of what your placing on your body for external use, (shampoo/conditioners/lotions/etc.) Check for any correlation of symptoms with the use of different products/foods/ etc.

    If an anti-fungal is needed,, you might also consider a different medication. See this site for a more in-depth discussion: https://autismcanada.org/living-with-autism/treatments/biomedical/medication/antifungal/

    Your PCP (primary care physician) can indeed refer you to a dermatologist…… ask for the referral, it should be a covered service !

    Dr. Alan Kadish moderator for Dr. Greger http://www.Centerofhealth.com

  29. My teen with HC Porphyria and low carnitine mito and Autism now with hormones raging went to the dermatologist and she has plaque and inverse psoriasis flare then after that flare got WHOLE BODY
    Lichen Planus! We are talking severe all over except face and scalp. The two biopsies came back as Lichen Planus or a lichenoid drug eruption. Jeez. So now we switched to cleaner medications but they are the same 4 she has been on since age 3 and she’s 15 now! We are supposed to wait 4 weeks after the switch but intuitively I do not think it is these 4 meds since age 3.
    How on earth can she have 2 psoriasis types confirmed with skin biopsies snd now this right after and confirmed with skin biopsies. Due to Porphyria we should not sit in the sun. So what diet is best. The Keystone diet or what. I can’t do herbs because Porphyria does react badly with drugs and herbs are drugs.
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  30. Any suggested testing, diets would be great for my above thread.
    Also on how to prevent scarring would be helpful. She is a very beautiful teen but with this all over every inch of her body and feet and hands, arms, legs, torso everywhere it may already be a skin disaster.
    I do not know if we should just let this linger on for weeks to see if it is a drug I don’t think is or should we just dive into oral steroids and try to get rid of it? The doctors want to wait but this is horrid looking.
    Steroid are dangerous too though so I wish there was s Magic diet for this. Jeez!

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