Vitiligo is a pigmentation disorder as it causes the pigment making cells /color giving cells of the skin to deteriorate to produce milky white patches. In vitiligo there is a destruction of the skin pigment cells (melanocyte), which gives skin and hair it’s color through the formation of melanin (skin pigmentation). Melanin protects the skin from harmful effects of UV rays produced by the sun. Vitiligo patches can occur anywhere on the body.
Vitiligo affects not only one’s emotional state but also one’s psychological well-being, familial or social life, career and also self-esteem. People with vitiligo are more susceptible to sunburn and also skin cancer.
Exact cause of vitiligo is unknown but the probable triggering factors are genetics, emotional trauma such as stress, anxiety, fear. Vitiligo can be associated with thyroid, diabetes or any other auto-immune disease.
Homoeopathy a boon for Vitiligo
Homeopathic medicines are natural and have no side-effects unlike conventional medicine which could cause severe burns and blistering.
Homeopathic medicine has long lasting results unlike short term results seen in conventional medicines.
Homeopathic medicine for vitiligo is prescribed on individual case history so the underlying stress can be effectively treated with homeopathy which can bring about a positive result in the treatment of Vitiligo.
If the disease is not controlled it can recur. Homeopathy helps to correct the melanin destruction thus prevents recurrence of the disease.
Homeopathic medicine helps triggering re-pigmentation and corrects the altered immune response.
If Homoeopathy is considered as treatment option in the early stage of the disease, then the overall control of the disease in future is much better.
In any skin affection there is often an underlying psychosomatic factor. Homoeopathy can help treat this factor very effectively without causing dependence or addiction.
Homoeopathy helps to improve health related quality of life.
Self Help Tips
Don’t scrub the skin while having bath as it triggers new patches of vitiligo when vitiligo is in active phase. Protect your skin with a natural moisturizer and a good sunscreen as it helps guard the skin from harmful rays of the sun. Cosmetics which conceal white patches can be used after recommendation by your doctor. Hydrate the skin by drinking adequate water. Include sesame seeds, brown grams and green leafy vegetables in your diet which help to revive pigment making cells and deal with Iron deficiency anemia. There are no particular diet restrictions in vitiligo. Having fish or milk does not cause vitiligo to increase. Practice de-stressing techniques to reduce stress.
Expose the affected skin to early morning sunlight as they help maintaining good amount of Vit D3 and not the sunlight after 8am as they tend to burn the skin.