Vitiligo - Diagnosis
Vitiligo is an autoimmune skin disorder characterized by white patches that is caused by loss of pigment called melanin. This pigment is produced by melanocytes that impart skin its natural colour. When melanocytes die or are unable to function, it results in the loss of melanin, resulting in milky white patches. Thus, vitiligo can be easily diagnosed from the way the skin appears. In addition, the patient’s medical and family history will enable the doctors to evaluate and confirm the vitiligo diagnosis.
Vitiligo diagnosis is often dependent on the type and cause of vitiligo. While the cause of white spots on the skin is the loss of melanin, the precise reason behind the destruction of these pigment-forming cells is not completely understood. In most cases, a combination of auto-immune, genetic and environmental factors has been seen as a major cause of vitiligo. Other factors, like stress, affect the immune system causing the body to react and mistakenly destroy the melanocytes by releasing antibodies against them. At Dr Batra’s™, we scientifically evaluate each case of vitiligo under the Wood's lamp to perform the following functions:
- Accurately conduct vitiligo diagnosis
- Rule out fungal infections
- Measure the extent of the disease
- Detect early changes that are not visible to the naked eye
- Monitor the response to the treatment
Additionally, Dr Batra’s™ has introduced India’s first 3D imaging device for the analysis and evaluation of skin health and vitiligo diagnosis. This powerful diagnostic machine, based on advanced optical technology, has been developed by scientists in Dublin. It allows the skin to be viewed in two and three dimensions, enabling a multi-spectral analysis of the epidermis and dermis. A quick scan by the 3D imaging device helps in an effective and accurate vitiligo diagnosis in the following ways:
- It helps view the skin in a holistic manner in both two and three dimensions.
- It captures the condition up to 10 mm below the surface of the skin.
- It helps to effectively measure the size of white patches.
- This device also helps find patches that are deep beneath the skin and aren’t visible to the naked eye.
- It also helps save cost and time, as the treatment response is gauged much before it is visible to the naked eye.
Vitiligo is said to be associated with auto-immune and inflammatory diseases like hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, alopecia areata, psoriasis etc. Therefore, it is also recommended to take necessary vitiligo diagnosis blood tests. Blood tests may be advised for the following purposes:
- to check thyroid functions;
- to check for diabetes; and
- to rule out pernicious anaemia.
It is advised to consult an expert before taking these tests to ensure the right prescription and future vitiligo diagnosis.
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At Dr Batra’sTM, we have treated over 1.41 lakhs patients with skin disorders successfully over the last 35 years. We have a 94.3% success rate in treating skin disorders, including vitiligo, as authenticated by the American Quality Assessors. We ensure safe and scientific vitiligo diagnosis and solutions. The treatment is primarily aimed at stopping or slowing down the further destruction of melanocytes and stimulating re-pigmentation in the existing patches.