pitsaRiya woke up in the morning and all of a sudden noticed “white spots” over the face. She showed them to her mother. Her mother turned quite worried to notice the white spots. She turned anxious thinking many questions in her mind, such as why, how, and when it will go and other bothering queries. She rushed to the clinic and doctor diagnosed it as pityriasis alba. Just like Riya, any other child can suffer from it. So, what exact pityriasis alba is? Let’s have a look at it in detail.

Pityriasis alba is very rare skin infection that mostly affects children and adult. In this condition, skin shows oval whitish spots with fine scales. These spots are mostly seen over the face, shoulder, and chest of the infected individual.

There is no specific cause of pityriasis alba, but some factors may trigger of disease, such as, heat in the summer season, soap or detergents, stress, dry skin, worm infection, and last but not the least vitamin deficiency.

Pityriasis alba is a self-limiting disease, which lasts for 6-12 months without any treatment. Some precautionary measures will help you to recover from it. They are as below.

  • Avoid exposure to harsh sunlight
  • Use sunscreen to reduce prominent appearance of spots
  • Avoid swimming
  • Apply moisturizer to avoid dryness  
  • Regular exercises and meditation can help avoid stress

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In the long term, if cases are not recovered on its own then homeopathic treatment is helpful.

The homeopathic medicines are recommended after a complete examination of the particular affected person and case-analysis, which includes the physical and mental constitution and the medical history of the patient. There is no single specific remedy for all the cases of pityriasis alba. The exact treatment is determined only on in-depth evaluation of the individual case. But, a few most commonly used remedies are Thuja, Bacillinum, Sulphur, Tellurium, and Natrum Muraticum.

Bacillinum: Bacillinum is known for being the most effective remedy to treat resistance cases of viral and fungal infections. The patient can experience positive results in six weeks of time.

Homeopathic medications are selected on the basis of individual symptoms. Homeopathy treats the patient from within without using any external application, such as the ointment. Treating this way is the only permanent way to cure these ailments. So, if you ever suffer from pityriasis alba, make sure you choose homeopathy for treating it and having long-lasting results without any side-effects.

-Written by Dr. Ishwari, Associate doctor to Dr. Rajesh Shah

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