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Vitiligo symptoms

The appearance of white spots on the skin is the most evident indication that someone has vitiligo. The majority of the time, these are noticeably lighter than the patient's regular skin, and they are more noticeable in people with darker skin types.

Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition that causes the skin's colour-giving cells to degenerate, resulting in milky white patches. The skin pigment cells (melanocytes), which produce melanin and give skin and hair their colour, are destroyed in vitiligo (skin pigmentation). Melanin shields the skin from the sun's UV radiation-damaging effects. Patches of vitiligo can appear anywhere on the body.

Vitiligo has an impact on a patient's psychological health as well as their emotional state, profession, social and familial life, and self-esteem.

Where does vitiligo appear on the body?

On the body, vitiligo spots can appear everywhere. The hands, feet, arms, and face are typical sun-exposed areas where the patches typically first appear. Additionally, they frequently develop in the belly button, groin region, or armpits.

Some people may also develop vitiligo on their mucous membranes such as inside of their mouth. Additionally, vitiligo may impact the hair. These patients could go through an early greying or whitening process. In addition to the hair on the head, this may also impact the eyebrows and eyelashes. It's also possible for the retina in the eye to lose colour.

Vitiligo can affect most areas of the body, which is known as generalized vitiligo and can also flare up to cover the whole body which is called Universal vitiligo. In cases of focal vitiligo, it usually remains limited to the part of the body it affects.

Symptoms of Vitiligo

Vitiligo disease symptoms include the following and can develop at any stage of life:

  • Patchy loss of skin colour.
  • Premature whitening or greying of hair on your scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, or beard.
  • Loss of colour in the tissues that line the inside of your mouth and nose.
  • Loss of or change in color of the inner layer of the eyeball is also one of the symptoms of vitiligo

You may notice early thyroid issues if you have vitiligo. One of the most frequently observed conditions in vitiligo patients is thyroid disease, and having a thyroid issue may be a sign that vitiligo will eventually appear.

The early signs of Vitiligo could be loss of skin colour or even greying of a patch of hair. These are usually seen at the starting stages of vitiligo.

Symptoms of vitiligo in adults do not differ from those in children. Children also manifest similar physical and emotional symptoms of vitiligo.

Emotional symptoms of Vitiligo

Although vitiligo is not painful, it is a skin condition that can develop quickly and over time drastically alter your appearance. Inadequate symptoms like self-consciousness, worry, sadness, or negative body images may occur if someone is uncomfortable with the changes in their skin. You can get professional help if you feel that your vitiligo is upsetting your mental or emotional stability.

Vitiligo patients are highly perceptive of how others see them, and they frequently hide out of fear of being rejected. Young individuals were particularly affected by the psychological effects on schooling, marriage, and employment. Patients also had to deal with unwanted counsel and bothersome inquiries from friends, family, and well-wishers. Although it is not life-threatening, vitiligo has a significant impact on sufferers' quality of life, leading many to go to great lengths to have it treated.

Most vitiligo patients express emotions of humiliation, which can result in low self-esteem and social exclusion. The most uncomfortable vitiligo grazes are those that cover the face, and the aggravation of resistant grazes on the exposed skin of the hands and feet can cause rage and disappointment. Mood problems, such as anger and depression, are prevalent, especially in teenagers.

At Dr Batra's®, our doctors have a 30- to 40-minute in-depth consultation with the patient during which they use the medical science of homeopathy to assess the patient's physical, emotional, and psychological issues, and then diagnose the condition correctly and treat the condition from the root cause and cope emotionally. A holistic approach is found to be most effective for vitiligo treatment and cure of vitiligo. We also combine UV light and light therapy along with our homeopathic medicines to give our patients fastest and long lasting results.

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How Do You Know If You're Getting Vitiligo?

A pale patch on any area of skin that eventually turns entirely white is a common vitiligo beginning. A patch may have a white centre surrounded by paler skin. Instead of being white, the patch could be a little bit pink if there are blood vessels underneath the skin. The patch's edges might be either smooth or wavy.

Is Vitiligo A Genetic Disease?

Sometimes, there's a family history of vitiligo condition. According to a study cited in the research statement for the American Vitiligo Research Foundation, 20% of vitiligo patients' families also have the condition, with children and siblings of sufferers being most at risk. The inheritance pattern, however, can be complicated because there may be several causal elements at play. Since vitiligo is an autoimmune disease, people with vitiligo may also suffer from other genetic autoimmune disorders such as thyroid or diabetes.

Does Vitiligo Start As Small Dots?

Vitiligo disease may start as small spots called macules. They are lighter in colour than the skin around them. In time, these spots or patches may grow and spread to cover a large portion of the body. Consult with the doctor even if the spot is too small, before it's too late. Vitiligo should not be confused with pityriasis alba which may look similar but is a form of dermatitis. The vitiligo skin disorder white patches and leukoderma symptoms are quite distinct from any other disease.

Will The Vitiligo Spots Eventually Spread? Are They Going To Enlarge?

There is simply no way to predict whether your vitiligo will progress or not. Vitiligo does progress slowly over time in many but by no means all, cases.

It is a slow-moving condition, though, and many people claim that they may go years without any new patches forming before discovering them years later.


As a vitiligo patient you have to be extremely patient with results. I have been taking homeopathic medicines since 2008 for vitiligo and since May 2016 with Dr. Batra's. The results maybe slow which they always are, but there has been steady progress under the close observation of Dr. Anagha and her able staff at the Baner clinic. Living overseas i have always managed to keep my stock of medicines intact due to the co-operative nature and understanding of the staff at the Dr. Batra's Baner clinic. Appointments are available at a short notice. After trying allopathic for over 3 years and due to its side effects like over pigmentation of patches and dark spots appearing on normal skin patches, I shifted to homeopathic for treatment of Vitiligo. I am completely satisfied with the results and very much confident that this will be overcome over a period of time, thanks to Dr. Batra's clinic.

Siddharth Kishorekumar

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