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Pityriasis Alba (Mandala Kusta)

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Pityriasis Alba- Mandala Kusta

Pityrasis alba is a common skin condition usually affecting children aged 3 to 16 years of age and characterised by hypo-pigmented , circular  or  irregularly shaped, dry and scaly  patches on skin . It is more noticeable in people with darker skin and the lesions most commonly appear on face followed by upper arms, neck, cheek, back etc.Dr.Gupta’s IAFA is successfully managing Pityriasis alba through Ayurvedic measures.

SYMPTOMS

  • Round or oval or irregular shaped lesion of 0.5 to 5cm in diameter
  • Lesions are hypopigmented, dry, scaling type with minimum or no itching
  • Drying and scale appearance is more commonly seen in winter

ETIOLOGY

The exact cause of pityriasis alba is not known. It is considered as a low grade form of eczema or dermatitis. This disease is mostly associated with sun exposure, malassezia yeast infection, low levels of serum copper and often trace elements, aggressive response of immune system towards skin irritants etc.

DIAGNOSIS

It is usually clinical based on symptoms and examination of skin. Mycology examination and fungal culture are negative in Pityriasis alba.

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Master’s in Health Administration

Diet in Pityriasis alba

PATHYA (DO’s) in Pityriasis alba

  • Avoid exposure to sun ,extreme weather ,wind etc
  • Follow personal hygiene, low carbohydrate, and light vegetarian food.

APATHYA (DONTS’s) in Pityriasis alba

  • Avoid yougurt,chocolates,jaggery ,non-vegetarian foods and prawns (similar products)

YOGA THERAPY

  • Uttanasana
  • Janushirsasana
  • Bhunjagasana
  • Trikonasana

PRANAYAMA/MEDITATIVE THERAPY

  • Sitakari pranayama
  • Kapalbati pranayama

MUDRA THERAPY

  • Brahma mudra
  • Prana mudra 

AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT

Pityriasisalba can be correlated to mandala kusta, a type of mahakusta mentioned by Acharya Charaka in Charakasamhithachikitsastana chapter 7.

TREATMENT

  • Kaphahara and mandala kustaharachikitsa based on extend of dosha vitiation.

INTERNAL MEDICINES

  • Nimbadikasayam
  • Kaisoraguggulu
  • Khadiraristam

  • Aragwadaristam
  • Rasagandhimezhuku

EXTERNAL APPLICATION

  • Guggulumarichaditailam
  • Triphalachurnam
  • Eladichurnam
  • Lodradichurnam

PURIFACTORY THERAPIES

  • Virechana(purgation)- manibhadragudam
  • Nasya (errhines)- madhuyastyaditaila

SINGLE HERBS USED IN PITYRIASIS ALBA

  • Neem(Azadirachtaindica)
  • Aragwada (Cassia fistula)
  • Katuki (Picrorrhizakurroa)

CONCLUSION

Pityriasis alba, a common skin disease is not one to panicked. It is a self limiting disease and goes away on its own. Adequate care must be taken to prevent secondary infections and further complications. FollowingAyurveda will help in better healing and recovery through safe and complete nature friendly treatment modalities.

Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

Frequently Asked Questions

Question) What isPityriasis alba?

Answer) Pityrasisalba is a common skin condition usually affecting children aged 3 to 16 years of age and characterised by hypo-pigmented , circular  or  irregularly shaped, dry and scaly  patches on skin .

Question) What are the major symptoms of Pityriasis alba?

Answer) Round or oval or irregular shaped lesion of 0.5 to 5cm in diameter and Lesions are hypopigmented, dry, scaling type with minimum or no itching are the major symptoms of pityriasis alba.

Question) Is there any Ayurvedic remedy for pityriasis alba?

Answer) Yes, Ayurveda is having successful treatment for the management of pityriasis alba.

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