Vitiligo is a chronic disorder and tends to run a variable and often unpredictable course. It affects up to 2% of the population globally and the incidence is almost double (3 to 4%) in India and Mexico. People of different races, religions, ethnic groups, socio-economic groups and with different dietary habits are affected by this condition. Vitiligo, also called leucoderma, is a pigmentation disorder. In this condition, the cells that make the pigment, melanin, which gives our skin its colour, are destroyed.
Let us first understand how the skin gets its normal color. A pigment called melanin imparts the skin (as well as hair) the native color. This pigment is produced in cells called ‘melanocytes’. When the melanocytes die or are unable to function, it results in loss of melanin causing color-less, white patches on the skin. Individuals suffering form vitiligo are more susceptible to sun burn and skin cancer.
An individual gets some white patches (vitiligo) on some part of the skin. Over a period of time, the white patches increase on the face and legs, but also spread to various other parts of the body. Some conventional treatment for vitiligo does provide temporary relief, but in due course the white patches could reappear again. This physical condition can be a social embarrassment and makes an individual completely aloof. There are major mood swings noticed in individuals and there is a slack in their careers as one of its repercussions.
Self Help Tips
We need to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful rays with a natural sunscreen (SPF 30), enriched with echinacea, a natural moisturiser. Sunscreen guards the skin from sunburn and long-term damage. It minimises tanning—this makes the contrast between normal and depigmented skin less apparent. Certain cosmetics also help to ‘cover’ the white patches on skin and improve appearance for one to feel better about oneself. These products may be particularly effective if one has vitiligo that is limited to the exposed areas of the body. One should speak to a dermatologist about cosmetics that are safe and also suit one’s needs best. There is, however, no need for dietetic restrictions in vitiligo treatment.
Homeopathy Treats Vitiligo
Almost 30 percent of the individuals with vitiligo may also have an underlying disorder, such as diabetes or hypothyroidism lurking deep within them. In such cases it becomes highly essential to look out for other clinical symptoms of illness along with the precise homeopathy treatment. Homeopathic medicines are very effective for white patches. It is, however, imperative for one to take the appropriate remedy under the supervision of a professional homeopathy doctor. Within a few months of treatment, the white patches seize to spread further. With continued vitiligo homeopathic treatment , white patches recede completely.
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