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Vitiligo : Treatment

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

Unfortunately, there is no cure for vitiligo disorders. Vitiligo treatment is only used to slow down the depigmentation symptoms or stop it from further spreading. Vitiligo treatment cannot completely return pigment to skin areas that have already lost its melanin.

Over the years, various vitiligo treatments have been developed as a way of trying to find a cure for this skin disorder. Even though these vitiligo treatments cannot return pigment it is still a good goal to stop vitiligo from spreading throughout the body. Vitiligo treatments usually take from between six to 18 months.

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Causes of Vitiligo

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

The cause of vitiligo is not known, but doctors and researchers have several different theories. There is strong evidence that people with vitiligo inherit a group of there genes that make them susceptible to depigmentation. The most widely accepted view is that the depigmentation occurs because vitiligo is an autoimmune disease—a disease in which a person’s immune system reacts against the body’s own organs or tissues. As such, people’s bodies produce proteins called cytokines that alter their pigment-producing cells and cause these cells to die. Another theory is that melanocytes destroy themselves. Finally, some people have reported that a single event such as sunburn or emotional distress triggered vitiligo; however, these events have not been scientifically proven as causes of vitiligo.

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Symptoms of Vitiligo

Monday, March 5th, 2007

The main sign of vitiligo is pigment loss that produces milky-white patches (depigmentation) on your skin. Other less common signs may include:

  • Premature whitening or graying of the hair on your scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows or beard
  • Loss of color in the tissues that line the inside of your mouth (mucous membranes)
  • Loss or change in color of the inner layer of your eye (retina)
  • Most people have slow progression of their disease. In some people the problem will disappear by itself.

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Vitiligo : Overview

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

vitiligo1.jpgVitiligo is more commonly known as leucoderma, which simply means white (leuco) skin (derma), i.e. a disorder where the skin loses its normal coloration. It is also medically known as achromia, which means loss of color.

Vitiligo is a skin disorder stemming from a lack of normal melanin pigment. Vitiligo occurs when pigment-producing melanocyte cells are destroyed or fail to function properly resulting in irregular white spots or patches.  The skin has normal texture. Vitiligo may appear at any age. Although it is a progressive condition, many people experience years or decades without developing new spots. Vitiligo is not contagious in any way.