White Spots On Skin
White spots or ‘Vitiligo Leucoderma’ is a skin disease where white patches appear on the skin. White spots is not an uncommon disease but is susceptible to be infected by all regardless of the different geographical resident, gender or race. Even though this ailment is not dangerous, it is difficult to cure. However, there are numerous treatments both at home and in clinics to help cure white spots.
To treat ourselves from this ailment, there is a need to understand the causes behind white spots. White spots can be caused by genetic or environmental reasons. Thus, before any treatment had been taken, it is best that the causes of white spots on one patient are known as the wrong type of treatment may be taken and this may worsen the condition of the patient.
Firstly, let’s talk about white spots caused by genetic factors. One of the genetic factors is insufficiency of adrenal gland in our body. The responsibility of adrenal gland is to produce a hormone known as ‘corticosteroid’ in our body. When there is a lack of this hormone, white spots will start to appear on the skin. A possible treatment for this cause will be to apply corticosteroid cream.
An environmental factor is the insufficiency of sunlight. Cells responsible for the colour of the skin are known as melanocytes. Due to lack of sunlight, melanocytes become inactive and do not function properly. Thus, one treatment will be to expose the skin to a long period of sunlight to get the cells to be active again. Another more effective but more costly treatment will be to transplant the cells form one part of the body to the affected skin area. But be careful, overexposure to sunlight can also result in sunspots on skin.
Sudden Outbreak of White Spots on Skin
If there is a sudden outbreak of white spots around your body, especially at the folds of skin, it probably means that you are suffering from a yeast or fungus infection. These white spots on arm especially affect sports people who sweat a lot. White spots can be caused by yeast called ‘tinea versicolor’. These yeasts are omnipresent but not harmful. However, when one is prone to heat, humidity and oily skin, their skin can convert this yeast into forms that cause rash and white spots.
A doctor should be seen immediately to prevent the spread of the infection. Proper medications such as antibiotics or antifungal cream will be prescribed according to your situation. Chances are that your infection will subside in a few days. Over-the-counter creams are also available at local drugstores or pharmacies, and depending on the seriousness of your infection, the pharmacist will prescribe you with the most appropriate creams. These creams are generally inexpensive and safe to use, and will clear up your infection in about 10-14 days. You can use Lotrimin and Trinactin cream, which is to be applied twice a day on affected areas. This is the commonly used cream as advised by doctors and specialists.
Treatment for White Spots on Skin
White spots are normally treated under light, oral prescription, cream to control the spread and artificial phototherapy. Today more than modern medicine, traditional medication such as self healing with energy retained thru meditation is widely used. Yoga, Tai Chi and other energy healing methods are becoming more and more popular amongst the west.
Over the counter creams like Corticosteroid cream, Lotrimin and Trinactin are often prescribed and you should follow the correct steps to applying such creams:
1) Wash the areas affected by the white spots thoroughly and rinse away trace of cleanser.
2) Pat the skin dry rather than rubbing it.
3) Apply the cream evenly to all affected areas
4) Massage the cream gently into the skin.
5) Wash your hands afterwards, provided that your hands are not affected by white spots.
6) Do not apply the cream more than twice a day. It is best to obey the instructions that the doctor or pharmacist had given you.
7) If you want to apply any creams or ointments on the same spots of the skin, wait for a time interval of half an hour before applying.
Although cosmetics can be used to cover up the areas affected by white spots, it is advised that it is best to go for a treatment as soon as possible before the condition of the white spots get too serious. This is because cosmetics are only a short term solution to people affected by white spots. A better long term solution is to go get treated.
Natural Treatment For White Spots On Skin
There are also many different types of natural cures or treatments that people have tried. The results varies for individuals and if you are allergic to the below herbs or plants, it is advisable to see a doctor for advise first.
Treatment 1 Fresh cabbage leaves
Juice from cabbage leaves is known to be able to treat these white spots. Use a fork or any sharp object to flatten the leaves and squeeze the juice onto your skin. Apply directly on the spots themselves every day until the spots start to fade over time.
Treatment 2 Babchi and Tamarind Seeds
Soak these two types of seeds in water for approximately three to four days. The weight of the seeds should be proportionate to the weight of the water. Then, remove the seeds, shell them and allow them to dry in a cool area. It will become a paste form that can be spread on to the white patches.
Treatment 3 Ginger
Drink ginger juice as it is known to help stimulate blood flow to the discoloured patches. You can mix ginger juice with lemon juice and water if you do not like the taste of ginger. Alternatively, you can boil ginger leaves and use the soft moist mass (poultice of ginger) to apply on the white spots. Also, you can mix Harad powder with ginger juice and apply it directly as well. Ginger has many medicinal properties, and curing white spots is one clear example of it.
Treatment 4 Basil plant
Firstly, wash and clean an entire basil plant (with roots still attached). Boil it in a solution of 1/2 litre of water and 1/2 litre of oil. When the water evaporates, mash and strain to obtain basil oil. This oil can be applied to treat white spots.
Some of the simple tips we should keep in mind that can help us prevent the occurrence of white spots are as follows:
1) Avoid stress and try to relax
2) Avoid using hard soaps while bathing
3) Avoid cosmetics like cream, powder, and other triggering agents
4) Increase iron deficiency like foods such as meat, liver, cereals, beans and other green leafy vegetables
5) Avoid citrus fruits, tamarind fish, lobsters, crabs and prawns
White Spots on Skin can be very common for many people. However we should always seek treatment for such skin aliments, especially if the white spots appeared suddenly. Always see a doctor for professional advice.
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