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Vitiligo: Symptoms and treatment options

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“Colour is not character!” If only everybody in the world believed in this quote. As “liberal” as the world has gotten, discrimination based on skin colour still exists. There are many places in the world where you are looked down upon if your skin colour is not “socially acceptable.” Today, we dig deep into a skin condition in which the patient experiences skin discolouration of epic proportions–vitiligo.

Those suffering from vitiligo experience an absence of melanin. It is the pigment that gives skin its colour and absence of melanin results in the occurrence of white spots on the body. People, who have darker skin, possess more melanin whereas lighter-skinned individuals have a lower concentration of pigment and a lesion of vitiligo is virtually free of melanin. These lesions can exist anywhere on the body, although vitiligo will most likely manifest itself around a bodily orifice and is likely to be symmetrically located on a person’s body. The symptoms of vitiligo usually occur as very small patches but gradually increase in size. Their shapes have also been known to be dynamic, sometimes evolving into vastly different forms.

In addition to the physical symptoms, this skin whitening disease commonly carries with it several secondary and psychiatric conditions, largely because of the disfiguring nature of the disease. Depression and anxiety disorders are the most common secondary medical issues that might follow a diagnosis of vitiligo.

Primarily there are two kinds of vitiligo: non-segmental vitiligo and segmental vitiligo. Non-segmental vitiligo is more common than segmental vitiligo. NSV includes many subtypes, but this classification can be generalized as having symmetrical lesions. It covers a large portion of the body and presents no particular age of onset. Segmental vitiligo typically spreads more rapidly. It mostly develops during early teens and is not necessarily found in symmetrical patterning. Segmental vitiligo occurs in small, localized regions as opposed to non-segmental vitiligo.

Although the precise cause of vitiligo is unknown, many experts theorize that its origins are autoimmune, neural, viral or genetic in nature. There is no cure for this disease, although a number of treatments exist to placate vitiligo symptoms. Let us take a look at them now.

Conventional treatment

The most basic type of vitiligo treatment is to camouflage the affected areas of the skin. It is a safe approach and can be applied to kids as well. The only drawback in this method is that it takes a lot of time and requires professional hands. Topical creams are another very common treatment method in which these solutions are directly applied to restore previous skin tone. Potential side-effects include skin thinning and stretch marks. Pharmaceutical steroids also help to reduce the overactivity of the immunity system. Although very effective, inadequate dosages may present certain side-effects like sensitivity to sunlight, redness, itchiness, swelling, just to name a few.

Homeopathic treatment

Vitiligo treatment in homeopathy provides a safe and sound procedure. It treats vitiligo by eradicating the condition from its source, along with clearing the external symptoms. Vitiligo victims have claimed that homeopathy helped them overcome this disease better than any other treatment method. And the fact that homeopathic remedies present no side-effects completely tips the scales in its favour. Do not think twice, go for homeopathy

Bottom line

Research shows that choosing homeopathic medicine for vitiligo over anything else is a no-brainer. Consult your homeopath and your vitiligo can be treated effectively.