“Give me a blue sky, brown mountain, silver falls and green around, Nothing more I want,” is a popular saying. Nature is always wondered and admired at for its colourful beauty, the colour being the main attraction. The attraction in colour is the reason for huge sales of fairness creams. But the whiteness offered by skin disease – leucoderma – is often depressing for all the sufferers.
You notice whiteness of the skin while healing of a wound takes place. This indicates that melanin pigment is not yet formed and occurrence of black spots indicate the beginning of pigmentation. But if there is any dysfunction in the production of melanin, due to functional or hormonal or structural problem, whiteness (by losing colour i.e. becoming colourless) appears in the affected spots.
Till now, researchers have not identified any causative factor for leucoderma. Generally leucoderma can be seen in older people. As skin loses its texture and other things due to ageing or the natural degenerative process, it may happen to become devoid of melanin also, like the graying of hair due to loss of melanin in the hair. Many doctors or patients correlate the occurrence of leucoderma with the other complaints which occur simultaneously during of the start-up of the complaint, i.e. they often correlate with diabetes, jaundice, typhoid fever, measles, etc. But nothing has been proved. It can also be commonly seen in friction spots like knees or elbow. It can also be familial i.e. hereditary factor also has some role in the prevalence of leucoderma. Being emotionally upset may also precipitate or aggravate the complaint in certain circumstances. Some suspect sin, lack of sun exposure, infection, etc., to be the reason for the problem. All these are risk factors only, but the real cause is still obscure or unknown.
Leucoderma appears as odd, harmless, white spots or patches disturbing the appearance of the sufferer. Mostly, no other symptoms can be noted except whiteness of the skin. The whiteness usually starts as a small discoloured white or pale or brown spot which spreads and becomes whiter day by day and becomes milky white in the course of time. The occurrence may be in a single spot or multiple spots. Hair on the spot will also become white. The hypopigmented or white skin is usually margined by hyperpigmented demarcations. The person’s health is no way affected except for leading to depression. Usually, it spreads very slowly, but sometimes it may also be very fast to appear all over the body. Also many a time it may remain the same for a prolonged period without spreading, even without treatment. It may cause itching sometimes, due to exposure to the sun or coming in contact with chemicals, which shows easy friability and susceptibility of the skin. Leucoderma sometimes appears pale, sometimes red and some other times, milky white.
- Check for any infective focus, worms, chemical contacts, etc. if noted, they should be treated or eliminated
- Start treatment early
- Take medicines regularly in the early days itself, so that complete cure can be achieved
- Don’t worry about leucoderma, since effective treatment can arrest the course of the disease and cure it
- Use umbrella when out in the hot sun
- Track all your eatables and habits to streamline all the irritants or chemicals or sun exposure to arrest the spread of the disease
- Avoid working or roaming in the sun
- Avoid fast foods, citrus fruits, coffee, tea, cold drinks, alcohol, beer, non-veg, egg, etc., since it can cause spread of the disease
- Avoid multiple drugs or drug cocktails
- Avoid chemical soaps
Complications – Normally, there won’t be complications, even if left untreated, except that it will spread more. But if maltreated, complication can arise from drugs. Since there is no 100 per cent guarantee or sure cure in any system of medicine, people often go on with drug cocktails from various systems of medicines and doctors. This mode of treatment often brings drug effects or side-effects. Likewise, people often go for external application, dyeing, bleaching, etc., which make the skin more sensitive and cause infection or boils.
A single spot has more chance of cure, i.e., 100 per cent, than multiple spots which have less success rate or many failures. No one can deny the Homeopathy effect in arresting or controlling leucoderma. In most of the cases, Homeopathy treatment can improve the condition. It works and cures superbly like a miracle in the early stages of leucoderma. Even then, Homeopathy or the Homeopath cannot promise a sure cure in all the cases. Leucoderma, if left untreated, goes on spreading. So, at least treatment should be followed for arresting the spread. Good results often follow when leucoderma is of recent onset, in children or youth, dark people, sun exposed areas & in non-friction spots.