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Leaves that leave their mark: A case series of pediatric Piper Betle‐induced leukomelanosis

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This case series presents 10 pediatric patients, aged 4 to 9¬†years, with leukomelanosis on the chest or forehead. The pigmentary changes developed after the traditional use of Piper betle leaves as a home‐based remedy for a cough or cold. Piper betle‐induced leukomelanosis in children is a rare dermatosis resulting from cultural practices. It is important to recognize the role of ethnobotany in dermatology.
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Keywords: Piper betle; herbal remedies; skin pigmentation

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2020

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