I have recently developed white spots on my tanned back, shoulders and stomach. Someone told me it is a yeast infection, but I read different symptoms for a yeast infection. What could this be?

A yeast infection is generally accompanied by burning, itching and inflammation. Since you have not mentioned any of these symptoms, it is safe to assume that the white spots on your back, shoulders and stomach are not the result of a yeast infection. The problem is that it could quite possibly caused by leucoderma, which is a disease in which the melanin content in certain areas of the skin decreases and leads to white spots and patches. These spots become especially distinct on dark complexioned people. This is not a bacterial or fungal infection, so it is not contagious, nor is it caused by impurities in the blood. The white spots gradually spread out into pale patches. Although the causes of leucoderma are not yet certain, it is generally accepted that some medical conditions seem to increase the probability of contracting it. illnesses like jaundice, gastric disorders, worms or other parasitic infections in the alimentary canal, problems relation to perspiration, burn injuries and stress and anxiety are thought to be key factors.

One of the most effective home remedies for these white spots is to soak Psoralea corylifolia seeds in ginger juice for three days. Make sure that you replace the juice every day. After that, rub the husk off the seeds with your fingers and grind them into a fine powder. Consume a gram of this powder mixed with a cup of fresh milk daily for a month. You may also apply the paste of these seeds on the white spots. You could also soak equal amounts of Psoralea corylifolia and tamarind seeds in water for a couple of days. Allow the water to evaporate and grind the remnants into a powder and apply a paste of this mixture on the affected areas. If your skin itches on coming into contact with this mixture, or starts to ooze a fluid discharge, stop applying it immediately. You may also make a paste using the red clay found on river banks and ginger juice and apply it on the spots. While the copper content of the clay assists in uniform skin pigmentation, the chemicals in ginger juice improve blood circulation to the affected parts of the skin, thereby improving its complexion. Fill a copper vessel with water and allow it to stand undisturbed overnight.Drink this water regularly to clear your skin. Although this method has never been proven, it is a traditional treatment that is said to work wonders. Even if it does not help you, it definitely cannot harm you.

Take two teaspoons of vinegar and grind a little quantity of radish seeds along with it. Now apply this on the pale patches. Add 500gms of turmeric powder into eight glasses of water at night, boil the mixture the next morning till a thick extract remains, and to this add 500ml mustard oil. Apply this on the spots every morning and evening.

answered by G M

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