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What is Vitiligo?

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Vitiligo is a chronic skin condition characterized by the development of white patches on the skin.

  1. Our skin has colour forming cells called melanocytes.
  2. In vitiligo, our immunity starts attacking these colour forming cells.
  3. Loss of colour forming cells leads to loss of pigment production in skin
  4. This leads to white colour in skin where colour forming cells were killed. This condition is called vitiligo or Leucoderma.

Vitiligo Facts and Figures

  1. Vitiligo affects over 1% of people in the world. Both genders are affected equally. It is observed that the disorder is easily found in people above 40 and some before 20.
  2. This disease is rather believed to be an autoimmune condition
  3. Vitiligo is genetic and can be seen in patients who inherit traits of this disease from their ancestors as the condition tends to run in families.
  4. There could be multiple other such as thyroid dysfunction.
  5. There are certain allopathic treatments available today but they do not offer 100% cure although Ayurveda has longstanding benefits and can greatly achieve significant progress in handling vitiligo.