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Causes, Symptoms and Treatment for Vitiligo or Leucoderma

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Vitiligo or Leucoderma is an acquired de-pigmentation of the skin that is very common with a worldwide preponderance. Leucoderma or vitiligo is a distressful skin disease and the word Leucoderma means €˜to have white skin'. There would be a gradual loss of pigment called melanin from the dermal layers that results into white patches. These patches look bad, especially in persons having dark complexions. Leucoderma can occur at any age, person and in any kind of skins.

Leucoderma / Vitiligo conditions have considerable psycho-social impact. Genetic re-disposition is there and there no age is exempt. The disease generally begins in children and young adults. Leucoderma is a fairly common disorder affecting 1% or more of the world's population. The incidence is a little more eminent in India . Leucoderma is, nevertheless, more common in women as compared to men. The most affected areas include the hands, the neck, the back and the wrists in the order.

The attraction in color of the skin, nowadays, is the reason for enormous sales of fairness lotions. But the whiteness offered by the skin disease such as leucoderma can often depress all the sufferers. As such, it comes under few disease require medical significance but more of a social stigma accompaning it since it is related to cosmetic reason. The condition does not cause any harm to the body organs; internally or externally. It, though, brings about great psychological tensions to the sufferer who is more embarrassed than the victim having pains or discomforts.

The common causes of Leucoderma are as follow:

Many health experts believe that the main causes of leucoderma are excessive mental worry.

Chronic or acute gastric diseases can also contribute to leucoderma.

Person who has impaired hepatic function (as in jaundice), worm infestations or other parasite infestation in the alimentary canal is prone to have those white patches.

Other falling factors have been identified for this disease could be pressure from tight clothes or certain occupational hazards like wearing certain rubber hand-gloves, using tattoos over the skin etc.

The disease is neurogenic in its nature. The humeral substance that originates from the nerve endings destroy the melanocytes.

Symptoms of Leucoderma

There would be Alopecia (Loss of hair), premature graying of hair. The whiteness generally starts as a small discolored white or pale or brown spot that spreads and becomes whiter day-after-day and finally becomes milky white. There might be general weakness and lassitude and a person has sensitivity towards cold. Hair on the spot also becomes white. Finally, white patches are the hallmark signs.

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Treatment of Leucoderma

The treatment of leucoderma is not certain. The cure is gloomy and the medical scientists are still in search of exact treatment. None of the treatment, as of now, is a surefire for treating such skinny conditions. White patches can be hidden making some cosmetic coats but again, it is not a permanent solution. However, here is the list of treatment of leucoderma that is in general practice -

Psoralen Photo-chemotherapy

Avoidance of consumption of citrus fruits, tamarinds, fishes, lobsters, crabs and prawns is advised as part of treatment.

Stop applying colored dyes

Autologous Melanocyte Transplants

In few cases, oral antioxidants can give favorable results.

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