Pityriasis Alba (Mandala Kusta)
Pityriasis Alba- Mandala Kusta
Pityriasis alba is a common skin condition usually affecting children aged 3 to 16 years of age and characterized by hypo-pigmented, circular or irregularly shaped, dry, and scaly patches on the skin. It is more noticeable in people with darker skin and the lesions most commonly appear on the face followed by upper arms, neck, cheek, back, etc. Dr.Gupta’s IAFA is successfully managing Pityriasis alba through Ayurvedic measures.
- 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
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.
It is usually clinical based on symptoms and examination of skin. Mycology examination and fungal culture are negative in Pityriasis alba.
“Dr.Gupta’s Institute of Applied Food Allergy® is the best destination for the Ayurvedic management of various skin ailments like Pityriasis alba”.
Reach IAFA to solve all your skin ailments naturally!!!
-Allergist, Dr. Sahil Gupta
Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery
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)
- Sitakari pranayama
- Kapalbati pranayama
- Brahma mudra
- Prana mudra
Pityriasisalba can be correlated to mandala kusta, a type of mahakusta mentioned by Acharya Charaka in Charakasamhithachikitsastana chapter 7.
- Kaphahara and mandala kustaharachikitsa based on extend of dosha vitiation.
- Virechana(purgation)- manibhadragudam
- Nasya (errhines)- madhuyastyaditaila
SINGLE HERBS USED IN PITYRIASIS ALBA
- Aragwada (Cassia fistula)
- Katuki (Picrorrhizakurroa)
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