Self-management

Lifestyle and home remedies

Self-care measures can help reduce the itching and discomfort caused by lichen planus. These include:

  • Tub soaks with colloidal oatmeal (Aveeno, others), followed by moisturizing lotion
  • Cool compresses
  • Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream or ointment, containing at least 1 percent hydrocortisone (if you're not using a prescription topical corticosteroid)
  • Not scratching

For oral lichen planus, good oral hygiene and regular dentist visits are important. You can help reduce the pain of mouth sores by avoiding:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Consuming spicy or acidic food and drink