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Vitiligo is a chronic skin disease characterized by white patches on skin. The skin gets its colour from a pigment called melanin. This pigment is produced in the cells called 'melanocytes'. When melanocytes die or are unable to function, it results in the loss of melanin. This causes white spots on skin leading to vitiligo skin disease.

Vitiligo disease, also known as white patches on skin disease, can affect the skin on any part of the body. The condition can be seen in men, women and children. Vitiligo in children is more common when both parents are affected by vitiligo.

Risk Factors for Vitiligo

Vitiligo patches are caused when melanocytes are destroyed or malfunction. The exact cause for this is currently not known. However, certain factors may put you at risk for developing vitiligo disease. Let’s take a look at some of these factors:

  • You have a family history of vitiligo.
  • You have a family history of other autoimmune conditions, such as thyroid disorders or type 1 diabetes, to name a few.
  • You have another autoimmune condition.
  • You experience a trigger event, such as extreme stress, severe sunburn or skin trauma caused due to factors like contact with a chemical.
  • You undergo genetic mutations.

Types of Vitiligo

The different types of vitiligo skin disease are as follows:

Generalized Vitiligo - It is the most common type of vitiligo, where macules (small, discoloured areas of skin) appear in different areas of the body.

Segmental Vitiligo – In this type of vitiligo, white patches on skin are restricted to one area or any one side of the body, such as white spots on hands or face (vitiligo on face).

Focal Vitiligo - It is a rare vitiligo disease type in which the macules remain in a small area of the body and do not spread in a particular pattern within 1 to 2 years.

Mucosal Vitiligo – In this vitiligo type, white spots on skin or white patches on skin can be seen on mucous membranes of the mouth and/or the genitals.

Trichrome Vitiligo – In this type of vitiligo, vitiligo spots on skin appear with a white or colourless centre, followed by an area of lighter pigmentation and then an area of regularly-coloured skin.

Universal Vitiligo – Also a rare vitiligo type, it causes skin discolouration in most of the skin on the entire body.

Symptoms of Vitiligo

Based on the type of vitiligo skin disease, the symptoms of vitiligo can be as listed below:

  • Loss of skin colour in patches or spots. White spots on skin usually first appear on the hands (white spots on hands), face (vitiligo on face), mouth (vitiligo on lips) and the genitals.
  • Loss of colour in the tissues that line the inside of your nose and mouth (mucous membranes).
  • Premature greying or whitening of the hair on your scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes or beard.

Diagnosis of Vitiligo

Our doctors can identify vitiligo disease based on the visible white patches on skin. A diagnosis is done with the help of ultra-violet rays as well. Dr Batra’s™ homeopathic clinics are also equipped with India’s first 3-D imaging device for accurate analysis and evaluation of your skin. Based on an advanced optical technology developed by scientists in Dublin, the 3-D imaging device captures the skin condition up to 10 mm below the surface of the skin. This helps to assess the problem at least 12 weeks in advance, before physical symptoms can be seen on the skin by the naked eye. This can be instrumental in preventing the skin problem and even saves on the treatment time and cost.

Snapshot of a genetic test report for PCOS ~

Vitiligo-3d-report

Impact of Vitiligo

People who suffer from vitiligo skin disease may go through extreme emotional stress. In severe cases, it may also lead to depression and suicidal thoughts. Other than these, the following instances have been generally observed:

  • Vitiligo can been a reason for non-acceptance of a matrimonial alliance.
  • Developing vitiligo after marriage has been grounds for divorce.
  • People who develop white patches on the genital areas usually avoid intimacy.
  • Many vitiligo patients experience social rejection.

It is therefore necessary to treat vitiligo disease. The goal of vitiligo treatment is to stop or slow down the progression of de-pigmentation and attempt to return your skin to its normal colour.

Homeopathic Treatment for Vitiligo

There are 5 advantages of vitiligo treatment in homeopathy

  • Homeopathy is a safe option for treating vitiligo disease as it treats it without side-effects.
  • It stops or slows down further destruction of melanocytes.
  • It stimulates re-pigmentation in the existing white patches on skin by building immunity.
  • It treats associated complaints such as thyroid disorder and diabetes.
  • It also extends beyond the physical symptoms to address the underlying conditions of mental stress, anxiety and depression that may be seen in such patients.

Case Study

Kriti, a 7-year old girl, was brought to Dr Batra’sTM when her parents noticed white spots appearing on her eyelids, nose and right knee. Before taking vitiligo homeopathy treatment, they tried a lot of conventional treatments, but her problem persisted. To know more about how Kriti regained the natural colour of her skin, Read more

Vitiligo runs in the family? You can prevent it with Geno Homeopathy.

If vitiligo disease runs in your family and you are worried that it might affect you as well, we can predict it years before it actually occurs with Geno Homeopathy. It is carried out through a simple saliva test that not only helps us to predict the probability of you getting vitiligo, but also helps in treating the root cause. It reduces your chances of getting vitiligo disease with the help of preventive medicine, appropriate diet and simple lifestyle changes. Since Geno Homeopathy is based on your individualized genetic predisposition, it is, therefore, the most individualized and customized vitiligo treatment.

Snapshot of a genetic test report for vitiligo ~ Vitiligo

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FAQs

Is Vitiligo a genetic disease?

Vitiligo disease sometimes runs in families. According to a study mentioned in the research statement for the American Vitiligo Research Foundation, 20% of the relatives of vitiligo patients also have vitiligo, with the highest risks arising for children and siblings of patients. However, the inheritance pattern can be complex as multiple causative factors may be involved.

Can vitiligo spread to others?

Vitiligo skin disease is not contagious in nature; hence it does not spread from one person to another. It is caused due to a combination of autoimmune, genetic and environmental factors.

Can vitiligo disappear by itself?

The cure for vitiligo is currently not known. In some cases, the white spots on skin may disappear without treatment. However, in most cases, vitiligo treatment is required. With right and timely treatment, the symptoms can be effectively managed. Vitiligo homeopathy treatment helps to slow down the progression of de-pigmentation and stimulates re-pigmentation in the existing patches.

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.

Can you get vitiligo on your lips?

Yes, vitiligo on lips is quite common. According to a study published in the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, vitiligo of the lateral lower lip is a specific type of lip vitiligo which forms about 16% of all vitiligo patients.

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