Patients with vitiligo develop white spots on the skin that vary in size and location. The spots occur when pigment cells, or melanocytes, are destroyed and the pigment melanin can no longer be produced. Melanocytes normally occur throughout the skin, as well as in the hair follicles, mouth, and eyes. In vitiligo, pigment cells can be lost in any of these areas. Common sites of pigment loss are:
- Exposed areas: hands, face, upper part of the chest
- Around body openings: eyes, nostrils, mouth, nipples, belly button, genitalia
- Body folds: arm pits, groin
- Sites of injury: cuts, scrapes, burns
- Hair: early graying of hair of the scalp, beard or other areas
- Area immediately surrounding pigmented moles
- Back of the eye
WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF VITILIGO?
The precise cause of vitiligo is not known. A combination of genetic, immunologic and environmental factors is involved in most cases. This means that certain people are predisposed (have a greater tendency) to develop vitiligo upon exposure to the right trigger. Many people report pigment loss shortly after a severe sunburn, while others have related their onset of vitiligo to emotional trauma associated with an accident, death in the family, or divorce.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR VITILIGO?
There are two basic approaches to treatment: try to restore the normal pigment (repigmentation therapy), or try to destroy the remaining pigment cells (depigmentation therapy).
Why choose Dr. Kothari Dermatology Clinic for Vitiligo treatment?
- Dr. Kothari Skin Clinic is one of the leading facilities for aesthetic medicine in the central India.
- We have a track record of treating thousands of satisfied skin patients