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Get Rid Of White Patches On Skin - Vitilito Frequently Asked Questions
What is Vitiligo? Vitiligo is a skin
condition characterized by loss of
pigment; this results in white
patches appearing on the skin and
Who Is At Risk Of Developing Vitiligo? Anyone
can develop vitiligo and both genders have an
equal chance of getting vitiligo. All races exhibit
a similar prevalence of this condition. However,
you are more likely of developing vitiligo if a
parent has it, if you or someone in your family
has an autoimmune condition (such as
hyperthyroidism), and if you experienced
graying of hair before the age of 35.
What Is The Prevalence of Vitiligo? Vitiligo
affects 1 to 2% of the population worldwide
and it is estimated that between two to five
million Americans have the condition.
Generally, vitiligo develops between the ages
of 10 to 30.
What Causes Vitiligo? The symptoms of vitiligo
arise because the melanocytes (the cells that
produce pigment which gives the skin its color)
are either destroyed or stop functioning. What
causes this to happen is still debatable - it may
be the result of an autoimmune reaction,
genetics, or possibly an event such as sunburn
or emotional stress.
Is Vitiligo Contagious? No, vitiligo is not contagious.
What Are the Symptoms of Vitiligo? People with
vitiligo exhibit irregular white patches on different
parts of the body, and these patches of grow bigger
with time. Usually, the first white patches appear on
the face, lips, hands, arms and feet. Later, they
spread to other areas including the armpits, eyes,
genitals and nostrils. Loss of pigment can also result
in the eyes and hair.
How Is Vitiligo Diagnosed? A doctor will diagnose
vitiligo by doing a physical examination, taking a
patient's history and possibly carrying out a biopsy
and/or blood test to rule out other conditions.
How Is Vitiligo Treated? Conventional medical
treatments for vitiligo include: UV light therapy repigmentation, corticosteroids (oral or topical), skin
grafting, skin tattooing, and in extensive cases of
vitiligo, de-pigmentation of the rest of the skin to
match the color of the affected skin.
Is Vitiligo Treatment Effective? Unfortunately no method
has a guaranteed success. Steroids may produce some
improvements if used in the long-term, but this is not
recommended because of side effects. Light therapy is
effective to an extent, but it is very time consuming and
can cause eye damage, skin burns and skin cancer.
Skin grafting should in theory be very effective, but in
reality many complications occur, including rejection of
the graft, infection, and abnormal appearance of the
grafted skin (cobblestone effect).
Is It True That Vitiligo Can Be Cured Without Any Medications
Or Surgery? Yes, there has been numerous research papers
published that reported that in scientific trials, patients have
been cured of vitiligo using a combination of 3 vitamins,
herbal extracts or a combination of herbals and vitamins. It
has also been shown that dietary changes can have a
pronounced effect of the condition. A lot of research on
natural cures for vitiligo has been carried out in Sweden.
For more information on natural cures for vitiligo,
check out Michael Dawson's step-by-step guide
"Natural Vitiligo Treatment System”
Michael Dawson is a UK-based certified
nutritionist, independent biomedical researcher
and holistic health consultant.