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Quintessence Int 43 (2012), No. 9     11. Sep. 2012
Quintessence Int 43 (2012), No. 9  (11.09.2012)

Page 793-800, PubMed:23041995


Randomized trial of aloe vera gel vs triamcinolone acetonide ointment in the treatment of oral lichen planus
Reddy, Reddy Lavanya / Reddy, Reddy Sudhakara / Ramesh, Tatapudi / Singh, Thakuri Rajesh / Swapna, Lingam Amara / Laxmi, Nimma Vijaya
Objective: To determine the effectiveness of aloe vera gel in the treatment of oral lichen planus when compared with triamcinolone acetonide.
Method and Materials: A randomized, double-blind, clinical trial was designed. The study sample constituted 40 patients (23 males and 17 females) who were randomly divided into two equal groups. Group A patients received aloe vera gel, while group B patients received triamcinolone acetonide.
Results: Forty patients were included in the study. Most of the sample presented with erosive (n = 18) and atrophic (n = 14) variants of oral lichen planus. When clinical signs and symptoms were observed after 8 weeks of therapy, it was determined that aloe vera gel was more effective than triamcinolone acetonide in the treatment of oral lichen planus.
Conclusion: Aloe vera gel can be considered a safe alternative treatment for oral lichen planus.

Keywords: aloe vera gel, burning sensation, healing, oral lichen planus, triamcinolone acetonide