Leucoderma is not a sexually transmitted disease. It is also not a contagious or infectious disease. So you need not worry if you come in contact with a person suffering from this disorder. This condition can occur to anybody at any time in their life. There is no specific age or factor which decides whether one will suffer from leucoderma or not. But if one develops this condition, then it can be controlled by trying some herbal remedies.
Symptoms of Leucoderma
Small white spots are the usual manifestations of the onset of leucoderma, which enlarges into patches. It starts out pale-colored then lightens in the passage of time. This process is due to the loss of skin pigmentation. The size of the patches becomes larger and gradually forming patches that are more extensive. In some individuals, the case of leucoderma may not be that all encompassing but there are patients who are not so fortunate with most of their bodies affected by the skin disorder.
Causes of Leucoderma
It is said that leucoderma is caused by heredity. However, there are quite a number of afflicted people do not have a family history of vitiligo. Excessive mental stress, chronic or acute gastric disorders, impaired liver functions like jaundice, the presence of parasites such as worms in the alimentary canal, typhoid, flawed sweat mechanism, and injuries arising from burns are just some of the factors which may cause leucoderma or vitiligo.
Preventive therapy can alleviate the severity and slow the spread of Leucoderma. 1. Avoid wearing tight clothing. 2. Use a strong sun block on the white patches to avoid further aggravation from sunlight. 3. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and long sleeves when outdoors. 4. Switch to vegetarian foods. Non-vegetarian foods have been observed to slow recovery. 5. Avoid overly sour foods. The acetic acid in sour foods restricts the production of melanin.
Treatments may be homeopathic, herbal, pharmaceutical or surgical. Herbal remedies might be applied topically or ingested as a tea. Their effectiveness is a matter of debate. Some sufferers experience relief of their symptoms and some do not. There are web sites with ratings of the various home remedies. Most of the herbal remedies have patients who claim to have been cured. Reversal of the condition is rare, and although these remedies claim to promote repigmentation, clinical studies do not support or refute their claims. However, if the patient believes in the treatment’s efficacy, then it is more likely to succeed, if for no other reason than continued use of the treatment.
Home Remedies for Leucoderma
- Radish seeds are considered one of the most effective home remedies. Add 25 gm of these seeds into vinegar (2 tablespoons). This paste should be applied on the affected areas.
- A person suffering from leucoderma can also use turmeric on the affected areas to get better result. One needs to soak turmeric (500 gm) in water (8 liters). Boil it until it becomes one liter. Then add mustard oil after straining the water. Apply this mixture on the affected areas.
- Goosefoot vegetable is another popular home remedy for this disease. Use the juice of this vegetable on parts of the skin that are affected. One can get better results after two months.
- Psoralea seeds are considered one of the best home treatments for leucoderma. One need to soak Psoralea seeds in ginger juice for three days. The water should be changed regularly. Remove the husk from the seeds. Then powder them. Take one gram of this powder with fresh and warm milk for at least one month to get desired results.
- Red clay is also a useful remedy. Mix ginger juice with the clay. One can get positive results by applying this paste on the affected areas of the body.
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