Vitiligo

What Is Vitiligo?

Vitiligo, medically known as leukoderma, is a skin condition characterized by the gradual loss of melanocytes (cells responsible for melanin production) resulting in irregular white patches. Vitiligo can affect people of different races and ethnicities. Most commonly it affects the skin on the hands, face, lips, armpits, legs and sometimes even the genitals.

What Triggers Vitiligo?

  • Family history of the disease
  • Exposure to certain chemicals such as phenols (used in colorants, household products)
  • Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism
  • Autoimmune disorder
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Stress
  • Severe physical illness
  • Side-effects of certain medicines

How Would You Know If You Have Vitiligo?

  • Common signs of vitiligo include, patches of different skin colour on the body or certain areas of the body
  • The patches are flat, usually white and cannot be felt with the touch
  • You may not feel itchy or hurt
  • They usually spread to form bigger patches over the time
  • In the long run, the colour of the hair may turn grey completely

What Should You Do In Case Your Symptoms Worsen?

  • Once you spot any sort of pigmentation, make sure you do not ignore it and seek a specialist’s advice at the earliest.
  • The doctor will ask you for your family and medical history to understand the relevance of the disease. He may also examine you physically and suggest a few tests such as blood test or biopsy of the affected skin.

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • Once the diagnosis is confirmed, the doctor will prescribe you with medications that shall help to reduce the symptoms. The treatment for vitiligo will majorly depend on the number of white patches and how widespread the patches are.
  • Broadly the treatment includes medications and topical creams that can be applied on the affected areas.
  • In some cases, the doctor may also suggest ultraviolet A light (PUVA) treatment along with other medicines.

Are There Any Natural Remedies For Vitiligo?

You can try these effective natural remedies to ease your symptoms:

1. Radish Seeds

Ingredients: Radish Seeds, Vinegar

Ways to Use:

Take a handful of radish seeds. Soak it in vinegar overnight. The next morning, apply this paste on the affected areas of the skin. Wear the paste for at least 2 hours till it comes out as scales.

2. Red Clay

Ingredients: Red Clay, Ginger Juice

Ways to Use:

Red clay is a rich source of copper and helps in the re-pigmentation of the skin. To half a teaspoon of clay, add ginger juice and form a paste. Apply this on the affected areas atleast once in a day.  

3. Copper treated water

Ingredients: Copper, Water

Ways to Use:

Water stored in copper vessels has been found to effectively promote the production of melanin and thus has been found to tone the skin of a person affected with vitiligo. To a copper jug, add water and keep it overnight. Drink this water throughout the day at regular intervals.

4. Basil Leaves

Ingredients: Basil leaves, Lime Juice

Ways to Use:

Basil leaves are ground to form a paste with lemon juice.  Apply this paste on the affected areas. Repeat this atleast 2-3 times in a day.   

Try these natural remedies and make sure you get enough sunlight in the morning hours of the day. It shall help to avert the chances of vitamin deficiencies as well.

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