Can I eat non-veg food items during leucoderma

It is advisable not to eat non-vegetarian food, including seafood, if you have leucoderma. Leucoderma refers to a condition wherein you have white spots or patches on skin due to irregular melanin production. The cause of the condition is an autoimmune response to the melanocytes (the melanin-producing cells). The immune system of the body considers the melanocytes to be foreign particles, thereby hindering the production of melanin. This, in turn, leads to leucoderma or white patches on skin. Leucoderma is considered a disease with no permanent cure. In fact, no medical treatment can reduce these white spots. These spots could only be hidden using cosmetics to reduce their visibility.

There is also no home remedy that is considered effective for the treatment of leucoderma. However, there are certain foods that you should avoid to prevent the conditions from aggravating. Some such foods are as under:
  • First and foremost, you should avoid the intake of non-vegetarian foods as these foods may act as foreign particles, aggravating the auto-immune response. You are also advised to refrain from consumption of seafood as industrial chemicals may enter your body through these foods.
  • Another thing you should avoid is foods rich in vitamin C. These foods prevent the formation of melanin pigment, thereby aggravating leucoderma. Some such foods that are rich in vitamin C are limes, oranges, grapefruits, bell peppers, chilies, guavas, broccoli, kiwi fruits, cabbage, tangerines, and strawberries.
While there are foods that increase the intensity of leucoderma, there are also certain foods that can help. Some such foods are as follows:
  • Eating walnut and figs helps reduce the number of white spots, attributed to enhanced blood circulation.
  • You can detoxify your body and strengthen the immune system by drinking fruit and vegetable juices. Some beneficial juices are that of spinach, beet root, tomato, apple, and cucumber
You should consult a dermatologist for expert advice on leucoderma and your cosmetic treatment options.

answered by G M

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