Tinea alba (Pityriasis alba)
Dr Rajesh Shah's advise on Tinea alba:
Homeopathy is recommended in resistant cases.
Tinea alba is a skin condition of unknown cause which usually affects children and young adults characterized by round or oval hypopigmented patches on face with very fine scales. It is self limiting disease and it is not contagious.
There is no known cause for Tinea alba.
Detergent and soaps
Deficiency of vitamins and calcium
Worms and parasites
It mainly affects children and young adults characterized by round or oval hypopigmented patches (1-4cm) mostly on the face with very fine scales. Occasionally, it may be associated with mild itching.
Commonly affected parts:
Around the mouth
Chest and shoulders
Pityriasis Alba becomes worse in summer season; it becomes more prominent as the skin tans in the surrounding area due to sun exposure.
Although the condition typically lasts six to twele months or more without treatment, Pityriasis Alba usually resolves after puberty or by the time the child reaches adulthood.
Usually treatment is not required as it gets settled down on its own. Patients are suggested to keep away from harsh sunlight. Also, swimming may be avoided to avoid prominent look of the spots on face; as chlorine in pool water could lead to tanning. Primarily treatment consists of good skin care and applications of moisturizer. If there is redness or itching then steroid based cream is prescribed.
Lesions become prominent in sun exposure, so to reduce the discrepancy sunscreen creams are recommended.
Homeopathic approach for the treatment of Pityriasis Alba:
In resistant cases, some homeopathic medicines help recovery. Homeopathy is recommended if the disease does not self-recover in about three months.
Related condition: Pityriasis rosea, Tinea Corporis, Tinea Versicolor
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