Leucoderma is a latin term which means “white skin”. It is a disorder that happens due to the nonexistence of melanin pigmentation in the skin. It is referred to a disorder rather than a disease because there is no pain observed in Leucoderma. The spot usually starts as a small, pale white in color but over time it grows in a large spot with a solid white because of the complete loss of melanin pigmentation on the affected areas.
The term leucoderma and vitiligo is used interchangeably. Both terms have slight differences on their causes but are used for the same skin disorder.
The known causes of leucoderma are accidental cut, burn, or an ulcer. This circumstances could lead to breaking the melanocytes, a cell in the skin that generate and contains the pigment melanin. Due to melanocytes damage, the pigmentation on the affected areas slowly fade away thus resulting to a white patch. On the other hand, the causes of vitiligo are identified with improper hygiene, improper food combination, regular junk food intake, frequent consumption of green vegetables treated with insecticides, the use of heavy antibiotics. Another main cause of vitiligo is emotional distress. This condition could develop an autoimmune disease, which means that your immune system mistakenly attacks some part of your own body including melanocytes.
The common symptoms of leucoderma are the white patches on skin. These patches commonly occurs in body parts that are directly exposed to the sun such as hands, feet, arms, face, and lips. Other rare areas includes armpits, groin, eyes, nostrils, navel, genitals, and rectal areas. Some other symptoms of leucoderma includes hair loss, and premature graying of hair.
Treatment for Leucoderma is not widely known but some home remedies can be applied.
Make a fine paste and apply it to the affected areas. To prepare, simply ground 25 grams of raddish seeds until they become powdery and add 2 tsp. of vinegar then mix thoroughly.
Immerse a 500 grams of turmeric into an eight liters of water. Heat the mixture and boil until an approximate of a liter is left. Add half liter of mustard oil to the heated mixture. Apply this on the affected areas twice a day for at least 3 months.
A regular consumption of alfalfa and cucumber juice is a helpful remedy for leucoderma. Simply combine 100 gm of alfalfa and cucumber juice, then mix and stir. Recommended consumption is twice a day.
Holy basil is also an old-aged remedy for various diseases including leucoderma. Make a brew of the hoy basil’s leaves and stem and drink it regularly.
Soak a psoralea seed in ginger juice for about 3 days and let them dry. After drying, grind the seeds to create a fine powder. Apply the powder on the affected area or mix a gram of this powder to a glass of milk for a month.
Grind a pomegranate leaves until it appears as a fine powder. Mix about 8 grams of this powder to a glass of water or in your favorite drink. Consume twice a day.