Vitiligo: Myths and Realities

Vitiligo

There are many who consider vitiligo as a blessing rather than considered as a skin problem. This is so because this condition makes a better as they learn to adapt their own imperfection.

The recent development is science brings a new ray of hope in the field of dermatology. With the advancements, the doctors are now able to cure the vitiligo that is a medical condition in which there is a formation of white patched on the skin of human body. There are certain Myths as well as realities that help you in finding the truth behind the disease. Hence, it becomes important to shun away all the myths and educate those who are suffering from this problem.

Û    Myth 1 – You will suffer from vitiligo if you have done something wrong. It is purely a superstitious based myth that no one believes on it.

Fact – In actual, there is not a single percentage of truth in this sating. God will not give you the white patches. The real reason behind the occurrence of vitiligo is a destruction of melanocytes. It is a pigment responsible for producing the cells of the skin. In case, if melanocyte stops its work there will not be any production of pigment and the area definitely becomes white.

 

Û    Myth 2 – If you will take the wrong combination of food, you are prone to the development of vitiligo.

Fact – Please mind that vitiligo has no link with the food. There is no mean to stop patients from taking curd, lemon, tomatoes, and pickles.  Apart from this, there are different factors like burning, scratches or cuts that can leave your skin white.

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Û    Myth 3 – Those who are suffering from vitiligo feels physically and emotionally inferior

Fact – From where does this myth surrounded is still unknown. The vitiligo is only restricted to the skin. It doesn’t have to do anything with body organs or intelligence level.

Û    Myth 4 – Vitiligo is related to leprosy and infectious in nature

Fact – Are you serious? Leprosy and vitiligo have nothing to do with each other. It never spread through touch, blood transfer, saliva or sexual intercourse.

Û    Myth 5 – Being a skin disorder, vitiligo is related to different skin disorders like cancer and albinism

Fact – This is quite an interesting myth. None of them is related to vitiligo. Those who are having albinism problem have no or little melanin. On the other hand, in vitiligo, there is damage of melanocyte that is responsible for the production of pigment.

On the other hand, skin cancer occurs due to the mutations in DNA and unlike vitiligo, they grow unstoppable.

Û    Myth 6 – It is an untreatable disorder

Fact – There are many techniques available that are utilized for fighting the battle against several diseases. For example, steroids, Ultraviolet A, Ultraviolet B, punch grafting and split thickness grafting.

There is the latest invention of melanocyte transfer. In this, the melanocyte from a normal skin is transferred to the patients suffering from vitiligo. Overall the treatment is a little bit difficult and slow, yet the result is proven.


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