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So, what is Vitiligo?
Please refer to the excerpt from wikipedia page on the topic of Vitiligo, in italics, below:
Vitiligo is a long-term skincondition characterized by patches of the skin losing their pigment. The patches of skin affected become white and usually have sharp margins. The hair from the skin may also become white.The inside of the mouth and nose may also be involved.Typically both sides of the body are affected. Often the patches begin on areas of skin that are exposed to the sun.It is more noticeable in people with dark skin. Vitiligo may result in psychological stress and those affected are sometimes stigmatized.The exact cause of vitiligo is unknown.It is believed to be due to genetic susceptibility that is triggered by an environmental factor such that an autoimmune disease occurs.This results in the destruction of skin pigment cells.Risk factors include a family history of the condition or other autoimmune diseases, such as hyperthyroidism, alopecia areata, and pernicious anemia.It is not contagious.Vitiligo is classified into two main types: segmental and non-segmental. Most cases are non-segmental, meaning they affect both sides; and in these cases, the affected area of the skin typically expands with time.About 10% of cases are segmental, meaning they mostly involve one side of the body; and in these cases, the affected area of the skin typically does not expand with time.Diagnosis can be confirmed by tissue biopsy.There is no known cure for vitiligo.For those withlight skin,sunscreenand makeup are all that is typically recommended. Other treatment options may include steroid creams or phototherapy to darken the light patches.Alternatively, efforts to lighten the unaffected skin, such as with hydroquinone, may be tried. Several surgical options are available for those who do not improve with other measures.A combination of treatments generally has better outcomes.Counselling to provide emotional support may be useful.Globally about 1% of people are affected by vitiligo.In some populations it affects as many as 2–3%.Males and females are equally affected.About half show the disorder before age 20 and most develop it before age 40.Vitiligo has been described since ancient history.
An ultraviolet lightcan be used in the early phase of this disease for identification and to determine the effectiveness of treatment. Using a Wood’s light, skin will change colour (fluoresce) when it is affected by certain bacteria, fungi, and changes to pigmentation of the skin.
There is no cure for vitiligo but several treatment options are available. The best evidence is for applied steroids and the combination of ultraviolet light in combination with creams. Due to the higher risks of skin cancer, the United Kingdom’s National Health Service suggests phototherapy be used only if primary treatments are ineffective. Lesions located on the hands, feet, and joints are the most difficult to repigment; those on the face are easiest to return to the natural skin color as the skin is thinner in nature.
A well known celebrity with the vitiligo condition was Michael Jackson.
For more information about vitiligo, please also refer to Mayo Clinic web site on the subject matter by clicking HERE.
For more information about vitiligo, please also refer to University of MA Vitiligo Clinic & Research Centerl on the subject matter, by clicking HERE.
For more information about vitiligo, please also refer to MedlinePlus web site on the subject matter, by clicking HERE.
For more information about vitiligo, please also refer to Facty Health web site on the subject matter by clicking HERE.
At this point, in case you do not know what pernicious anemia , one of the potential contributing factors of Vitiligo, means, it is vitamin B12 deficiency and please click on the red link to find out more about its signs and symptoms of pernicious anemia.Below, are videos on Vitiligo:
In the video published on Sep 11, 2019, “Vitiligo“, below:
Dr. John Harris – Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Natural Sciences – Associate Professor in the Department of Dermatology and Director of the Vitiligo Clinic and Research Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School, in the video published on Jan 21, 2021, “Vitiligo: Journey to Understand and Treat a Skin Disease“, below:
TV news anchor Lee Thomas thought his career was over after he was diagnosed with vitiligo, an autoimmune disorder that left large patches of his skin without pigment and led to derision and stares. In a captivating talk, he shares how he discovered a way to counter misunderstanding and fear around his appearance with engagement, dialogue — and a smile. “Positivity is something worth fighting for, and the fight is not with others — it’s internal,” Thomas says. “If you want to make positive changes in your life, you have to consistently be positive.” in the video published on Sep 25, 2019, “How I help people understand vitiligo | Lee Thomas“, below”
Dr. Divya Sharma | Appointment booking number: 96206 38388 Consultant Dermatologist and Cosmetologist | Dr. Divya’s Skin & Hair Solutions, Bangalore 5 things to know about Vilitgo. Number One, Vitiligo is appearance of white depigmented patches on any part of the body, including scalp Number two it is an autoimmune condition. Number three, the types of Vilitgo are Segmenteal and non segmental. Number 4 Treatment of Vitiligo is Topical Steroids, Calcineurin Inhibitors, Phototherapy, Antioxidants. Number 5. Will Vitiligo Spread? No, in the video published on June 23, 2020, “Vitiligo: Types, Symptoms, Causes, Treatment & Recovery – Dr. Divya Sharma | Doctors’ Circle“, below:
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