Saturday, October 2, 2010

Fifteen Million with Lichen Planus?

Just ran across another article stating that Lichen Planus affects 1 to 2 percent of Americans. That might not seem like very much. I looked up the population of the United States which is approximately 307,006,550.

Two percent of that equals 6,140,131. That's six MILLION and some change. We're not talking pennies here. These are people estimated to have a diagnosis of Lichen Planus.

I wonder... Do they mean that 2 percent of the population are diagnosed each year? If so, then there are a lot more of us out there.

According to one medical article 25 percent of all Lichen Planus patients have Oral Lichen Planus. That would suggest there are 1,535,032 (a million and a half) people with Oral Lichen Planus. That's equal to the estimated population of San Diego in 2009.

When you look at it this way, does it seem such a rare disease?

I don't expect the miracle of the sudden discovery of a cure for Lichen Planus. I'm too realistic to have much hope there is a lot of research funding. So, it sits on the back shelf and the same old comments about causes and symptoms and possible treatments keep getting published. Oh, how I wish there were a breakthrough.

Sometimes I wonder how people managed with the diagnosis a century ago. In fact, how did they manage for all the centuries mankind has had to deal with it.

I imagine someone back then trying everything in their culture to rid themselves of the disease. Did they eventually die from dehydration because they couldn't swallow water? Am I going to far into the negative thinking that way?

I wonder if animals suffer from Lichen Planus???

Photo was taken in February of 2008 and demonstrates loss of papillae


Linda K said...

domiteI was diagnosed with OLP in 1995 and up until about a year ago I was able to keep it under control. I am currently using a steroid mouth rinse which does help somewhat but now it's just totally out of control-(having trouble opening my mouth, developing scar tissue in the back of both sides of my mouth, very painful sides and inside of lips). I starting researching OLP online and discovered that I was taking three of drugs that could be triggering this condition-ACE inhibiter for HBP, a sulfonylurea (glipizide-Type 2 diabetes)and Excedrin (aspirin-an ASAID). I will be contacting my DR on Mon and see if I can change some of my medication. I was reading Marilyn's story and realized she is/or was taking Aleve for pain and found out that Aleve is also an ASAID. She seems to be going through so much more than me-which just proves that when "you think you have it really bad" someone out there has it so much worse. I hope Marilyn succeeds in her treatment.

Elizabeth Munroz said...

My original diagnosis was in 1995. It was mild then, but got worse a few years later. It's true some drugs can cause what is called a lichenoid reaction. But, if it is true Lichen Planus not caused by medications, a biopsy would determine that.

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