Pityriasis Lichenoides Chronica: Symptoms & Natural Treatment

Pityriasis lichenoides chronica is a skin disorder which is typified by small, reddish, scaly papules which flatten and regress on their own accord over an interval of several months. You tend to have exacerbations and relapses of the condition, which last for months or even years. The rash varies from being chronic and mild to being acute and severe.

Causes And Symptoms Of Pityriasis Lichenoides Chronica

Pityriasis lichenoides chronica does not yet have a definite etiological factor. Studies show that it may be caused by a hypersensitivity response to an infectious agent such as the adenovirus, EB virus and parvo virus.

Symptoms of pityriasis lichenoides chronica

  • Pityriasis lichenoides chronica is seen as tiny, red-brown firm papules. The lesions are not irritating and troublesome. They have mica-like scales, which scrape off to show a glossy brown surface. The lesions are known to flatten out over several weeks and leave behind a dark mark which disappears over a period of several months.
  • Pityriasis lichenoides chronica by and large occurs over the arms, trunk, buttocks, and legs, however it could also form on the face, hands, feet, and scalp.

Natural Treatment For Pityriasis Lichenoides Chronica

Pityriasis lichenoides chronica does not always respond well to treatment and is known to relapse and recur often if you discontinue the treatment.

In case the rash is not causing any troublesome symptoms, treatment may not be required at all. In cases where treatment is required, there are several therapies available. Confer with your health care provider / dermatologist and understand the best treatment option for you.

  • Your dermatologist will advise you sun exposure; this is usually the first line of therapy.
  • Topical immune-modulators will be prescribed.
  • Topical steroidal creams will be prescribed by your doctor as well.
  • You need to take antibiotics, such as – tetracycline and erythromycin to manage the infection well.
  • Photo-therapy is used by most dermatologists – simulated UV ray therapy is given to the patient using UVA and UVB rays; this is usually the 2nd line of treatment.
  • Third-line treatment includes – oral steroids, ciclosporin and acitretin.
  • Vitamin C supplements are recommended as well. Vitamin C helps battle the infection quickly and deal with the rash better. It is also known as a ‘skin’ vitamin. Discuss with your doctor to understand the best dosage for you. You could also step up your intake of – limes, lemons, oranges, apples, capsicums and tomatoes; they are packed with vitamin C.
  • Oatmeal heals most skin rashes. Dissolve a spoonful of oatmeal in a little water and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Then spread this mushy mass over the affected area and rinse off after half an hour.
  • Bromelain has been touted as the most effective natural remedy to treat pityriasis lichenoides chronica. Bromelain is a potent element that is found in pine apples and has been considered an effective therapeutic option for this skin disorder; its effectiveness is due to its anti-inflammatory, immune-modulatory and anti-microbial properties.
  • Aloe vera is excellent to manage most skin ailments. Extract the gel from a leaf and smear over the affected area. It will soothe the skin and fight viral infection too.
  • Coconut oil has powerful anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. It is also an anti-inflammatory. Gently rub the oil in to the skin, at least 2 to 3 times daily.