Lichen Planus On Feet
(Whittier, CA, USA)
Inner Ankle and Top of Feet Skin Parasites?
I think I'm being attacked on my inner ankles and the top part of my feet by skin parasites.
The itching is so bad and unbearable that my constant scratching has created big red spots, the size of a quarter, on the top layer of skin covering the ankles.
I've been applying Bragg's organic apple cider vinegar (with the mother), with a cotton ball. At first the apple cider vinegar stings my skin; but then the itching subsides. Then it drys up the red spots, but only until the next occurrence.
This is a recent flare-up. When it first occurred, around 2010, I was diagnosed with Lichen Planus. I was prescribed topical creams by two different doctors, but the creams were steroids, which I refused to use, because the steroids would have entered into my blood stream, which would have caused other unacceptable side effects.
What "non-steroid remedies" do you recommend? Please advise.
When you received the Lichen Planus diagnosis had either of the doctors run tests to confirm that was what you were dealing with or just came to the conclusion based on the appearance?
The reason I ask is because you may approach natural treatment in a slightly different way depending on whether you are certain it is Lichen Planus on your feet or whether you do have a skin parasite that is attacking your ankles and feet.
I assume you've done some research on Lichen Planus and realize that they don't really know what causes it, but it can be a side effect of medications, a weak immune system, too much inflammation in the body, etc.
I presume that since parasites are rarely considered by mainstream medicine, that could also be an underlying cause.
Regardless, as with most conditions affecting the body, the first and foremost important course of action is to improve the body functions by cleansing (detoxifying) and building the immune system. I can never repeat this enough.
The body is amazingly designed to sort itself out when it is given what it needs to do so.
The Bragg's apple cider vinegar was a great move, but obviously insufficient to get lasting effects. Another natural topical treatment that may also give you some
immediate help and relief is organic cold pressed coconut oil applied topically to the affected area.
In fact, adding some organic coconut oil to your diet (a teaspoon in your coffee or on top of something you are eating) on a daily basis can also help with inflammation levels in your body, too.
Having said that, my best suggestion to you would be to give your body a thorough clean out using my favorite herbal cleanse, Herbal Fiberblend
I recommend a 3-month cleanse for starters and then a regular cleanse periodically (every year or so) after that. It's truly amazing the help that it gives to the body and the load it lifts off the immune system.
In addition, I would suggest you consider supporting your body's immune system with at least Barley Life
Those are the basics if you are trying to keep your supplements down to a minimum, although sometimes you do need to consider more for a while if your health and diet is not as good as you would like and you need to be more aggressive in boosting your immune system.
For example, although I am currently in "good health" I do have (genetically) extremely high inflammation levels which is a precursor to future problems. Because of that, I make the effort to take a full range of nutritional supplements that will reduce my risks of auto-immune disease that are common for someone with my genetic makeup. I'm pushing 50 and so far so good. :)
I wish I could tell you for sure if you really do have Lichen Planus that is flaring up on your feet or whether you are dealing with a skin parasite (or something else entirely). Obviously, I cannot.
The good news is that the suggestions that I have made above should help your body eliminate the problem regardless of the underlying cause.
I do hope this helps and that you will soon have your immune system stronger and this recurring issue under control. Do keep in mind that if you deal with Lichen Planus (or parasites) successfully and then don't continue to keep your immune system strong you are likely to continue with flare-ups in future.