Vitiligo is a condition in which white patches develop on the skin. Any location on the body can be affected, and most people with vitiligo have white patches on multiple areas of the body.
According to Wikipedia, almost 1% of the world population is affected by Vitiligo.
1. How does Vitiligo begin?
When melanocytes stop producing melanin, then white patches start on the body. Vitiligo can start at any age but it predominantly appears between 10 and 30 years age group. It often appears on the body parts which are exposed to the sun and slowly spread throughout the body. The main reason for vitiligo is loss of pigmentation.
2. Is Vitiligo hereditary?
Vitiligo often occurs in different individuals in the same family. Almost 30% of people who are affected with vitiligo also have a family member who has it.
3. Are there different types of Vitiligo?
There are five types of vitiligo that are classified as mentioned below:
Generalized - It is the most common type of vitiligo. This is when discolored patches show up all over your body.
Segmental - It is when your vitiligo is confined to one area of your body, like your face or your hands.
Focal - It happens when the discoloration stays in one spot and doesn't spread.
Trichrome - It is when there is an area of heavy discoloration, followed by an area of lighter discoloration, followed by regular color skin.
Universal - It is a rare type of vitiligo. This is when at least 80% of your skin is discolored.
4. Do certain foods cause vitiligo?
Lot of people believe that consumption of certain combination of foods can cause vitiligo. This is a myth though and there is no scientific evidence to prove this theory. Vitiligo is known to occur with the same incidence across all populations with different dietary habits.
5. How do I get started if I am looking for Vitiligo treatment?
You can with our skin specialist as per your preferred date.