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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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FAQs

How do you test for vitiligo?

Vitiligo diagnosis can be done easily based on visible discolouration of the skin. At Dr Batra’s™, we can predict the occurrence of vitiligo years before it actually appears with the help of Geno Homeopathy. This treatment requires a simple saliva test that not only helps us predict the probability of getting vitiligo but also helps in treating the root cause. It reduces the chances of its occurrence through preventive homeopathic medicine, appropriate diet and necessary lifestyle changes. Since the vitiligo diagnosis in Geno Homeopathy is based on individualized genetic predisposition; it is, therefore, the most individualized and customized treatment in homeopathy.

How do you conduct vitiligo diagnosis?

At Dr Batra’s™, our homeopathic doctors can conduct vitiligo differential diagnosis based on the visible signs and symptoms. Along with this, they take into account the patient’s medical history and conduct a detailed examination of the white patches. Dr Batra’s™ homeopathic clinics use India’s first 3D imaging device that is based on an advanced optical technology developed by scientists in Dublin. This device captures the condition up to 10 mm below the surface of the skin. It helps to diagnose the problem at least 12 weeks in advance, even before visible symptoms. It therefore, enables an accurate evaluation and vitiligo diagnosis of the patient. To know more;https://www.drbatras.com/book-an-appointment.

Is vitiligo a disease or disorder?

Vitiligo is an autoimmune disorder that occurs when the immune system attacks the body's own skin cells. The immune system attacks the cells that provide pigment (melanocytes) to the skin, resulting in discoloration and white spots.

What is the fastest way to cure vitiligo?

Homeopathy provides a safe, natural and side-effect free treatment for vitiligo. In a clinical study conducted by the AKP Homeopathic Clinical Centre, 259 vitiligo patients had improved out of 629 patients and 42 leucoderma patients benefitted out of 97 patients included in the study. Thus, research has also demonstrated the effectiveness of homeopathy in the treatment of a challenging condition such as vitiligo. Prognosis with homeopathic treatment depends on certain criteria such as the location, duration, extent of spread and disease activity. It also depends on the general health of the patient and presence of other systemic illnesses such as thyroid disorders, auto-immune diseases, etc. In cases where vitiligo affects the bony prominences, around the lips, on the fingertips and toes; the treatment shows slow but gradual improvement.
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.

What can vitiligo be mistaken for?

Although vitiligo diagnosis involves identifying milky white patches on skin, it can sometimes be confusing as these can also be a result of other skin ailments. These ailments include pityriasis versicolor and tuberous sclerosis. They both cause skin discolouration in patches. It is therefore imperative to consult your homeopathic doctor for an effective treatment plan.https://www.drbatras.com/book-an-appointment.

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