Leucoderma also knew as vitiligo is a distressing skin condition. There is a gradual loss of pigment melanin from the skin layer which results in white patches. These patches look ugly, especially in persons with a dark complexion. The condition does not cause any organic harm.
The problems usually start with a small white spot, which later develops into patches. These patches are pale in the beginning, but become whiter and whiter as time passes by due to loss of pigment. As the spot enlarge they merge into each other and in course of time form a very broad patch. In some cases most of the skin of the body may be covered by with white patches.
When the patient has problems with leucoderma or is trying to avoid getting this problem, there are a few dietary changes that he/she would need to make. Here are some of the dietary suggestions that the patient might want to consider for the prevention andtreatment of this ailment:
The patient should increase his/her intake of walnuts and figs when he/she finds white spots on the skin that may indicate the early signs of vitiligo. Walnuts and figs are said to have properties that help increase proper blood circulation. Thus, these could help cure the ailment called leucoderma.
A therapeutic diet that is said to remove toxins from the body is suggested as a cure for this problem. The patient can start off with an all fruit juice diet that lasts for a week. Try to take juices that are made from fresh fruit and not concentrated ones and try to avoid citrus juices as much as possible. After this week fast of juices, the patient should follow this with a diet that consists of whole wheat bread, wheat tortillas, steamed or raw vegetables
What Causes Vitiligo?
The cause is not known. Vitiligo may be an autoimmune disease. These diseases happen when your immune system mistakenly attacks some part of your own body. In vitiligo, the immune system may destroy the melanocytes in the skin. It is also possible that one or more genes may make a person more likely to get the disorder. Some researchers think that the melanocytes destroy themselves. Others think that a single event such as sunburn or emotional distress can cause vitiligo. But these events have not been proven to cause vitiligo.