Vitiligo - Overview
Vitiligo is a common condition in which the skin loses the pigment that determines its colour. It is also known as leucoderma (leuco = white; derma = skin). Vitiligo is characterised by irregular, pale or milky white patches on the skin.
A pigment called melanin imparts skin (and hair) with its native colour. This pigment is produced in cells called 'melanocytes'. When melanocytes die or are unable to function, it results in the loss of melanin, causing colourless, white patches on the skin, leading to vitiligo. Note that every off-white or white patch on the skin is not vitiligo. There are many other causes of white patches, namely, fungal infection, birthmarks, inflammatory conditions of the skin, etc. Vitiligo is just one of the causes of white skin patches.
Vitiligo is a chronic disorder, and it tends to run an unpredictable course. It affects up to 1% of the global population. People of different races, religions, ethnic groups, socio-economic groups and with different dietary habits are affected by this condition.
Vitiligo affects males and females equally, and it is commonly seen in children as well. The incidence is higher in children when both parents are affected by vitiligo. Usually, people develop it between age 10 and 30, and almost all do so before the age of 40.
Causes of Vitiligo
Vitiligo is caused by the loss of pigmentation on the skin, due to the destruction of pigment-forming cells known as melanocytes. Although the exact cause of vitiligo is not known, researchers suggest that people with vitiligo inherit a group of genes that make them vulnerable to the loss of pigmentation. Read More
Symptoms of Vitiligo
The first symptom is white patches on the skin. These are generally found on sun-exposed areas of the body - hands, feet, arms, face and lips. Other areas for patches may be armpits, groin, mouth, eye, nostril, navel, genitals and rectum. Read More
Our doctors can mostly identify vitiligo based on visible signs & symptoms as well as your medical history. Additionally, we also use advanced technology such as 3D imaging device and conduct the wood’s lamp test for the analysis and evaluation of your skin condition and also assess response to the treatment. Read More
Treatment approach at Dr Batra’s ™
Step 1: First Consultation – At your first consultation our doctors will spend 30-45 minutes with you. This is important for us to understand the root cause of your vitiligo and suggest a customized treatment based upon your medical history and lifestyle or any other stress factor that might have caused vitiligo.
Step 2: Medical Diagnosis - Our doctors can mostly identify vitiligo based on visible signs & symptoms as well as your medical history. Additionally, we also use advanced technology such as 3D imaging device and conduct the wood’s lamp test for the analysis and evaluation of your skin condition and to assess response to the treatment.
Step 3: Personalized Treatment – Natural homeopathic medicines are suggested based on cause and extent of your skin condition.
Step 4: Advice on nutrition & skin care regimen – Our doctors consult you on right nutrition and skin care regimen for better and long-lasting treatment results. Read More