I was diagnosed by my old dentist as having oral lichen planus a few years back. He said I will have it off and on forever, basically (as long as I'm taking an asthma inhaler, that can cause it). He gave me a prescription for Peridex (mouthwash), and told me to use it for a week in the morning and at bed time, whenever I begin to see the OLP flare up, to keep it under control.
Well, I had gone about 6 months without having any kind of problems with it at all, and then about 6 weeks ago, it re-appeared on my lips (the WORST place to have it, in my opinion, because it looks and feels terrible!). I used the Peridex for a week. About 2 days after I was finished, it came back! So, I waited a few days, and started it again. I used it for another week religiously--I didn't miss one night or morning, and I even waited for 2 hours everyday after using it, to eat or drink. I used it for the last time on Monday night (today is Thursday), and I could tell that it was coming back already on Wednesday morning
Now, I am pregnant (6 months)--does anybody know if this could be part of the reason that it won't go away for good? Also, I would use it every night if that would keep it away, but the dentist said that it will stain my teeth if I use it too much. I'm not sure what to do... I can't go back to my dentist because the one who diagnosed me as having this issue I'm no longer able to see (I had MAJOR problems with his office), and I've recently been to another dentist, who said he saw no evidence of that problem (I'm got the feeling that he kind of brushed off my concern when I mentioned the fact that I had OLP in the first place, and he seemed like he might not even know much about it, so I don't know how much he would help). Not to mention that my benefits only cover a certain amount for seeing the dentist, and I can't afford to go back again at this time.
Any suggestions, or advice?? Has anybody had any experience with oral lichen planus, and had success with a different treatment? Anybody have experience with Peridex?