Vitiligo is a skin disorder where white patches start developing on the skin because of depigmentation. The loss of pigments in your skin takes place when Melanocytes, the cells that produce melanin are destroyed or depleted. Once it is depleted your skin loses pigment and whether you have fair or dark skin you will notice a dramatic difference between the skin with melanin and the skin without melanin. It is estimated Vitiligo affects 0.5-1% of the worldwide population with an approximate total of up to 71 million people.
Who Is Affected?
Vitiligo affects everyone equally both sexes as well as all races. The only difference is it is more noticeable on people with dark skin because the contrast is more obvious. The loss of pigment also varies from person to person with some patients having total depigmentation on their patches while others experience slight loss of color. The condition affects your skin, hair and eyes it can also affect the mucous membrane in the genital, mouth, nose and rectal areas. Depending on the diagnosis the patches on your skin appear randomly on your body.
Vitiligo is often diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 30 but it can be acquired at anytime. When a patient is first diagnosed doctors often have a grim prognosis but there are many patients who have overcome this condition with many different types of therapies. While it is right to give the true probabilities of overcoming your condition you should seek out a doctor that has a positive attitude about Vitiligo who will seek out treatment options that have been effective on thousands of patients for your condition.
A doctor, who is not sensitive to your conditions, is pessimistic and refuses to accept anything can be done for your Vitiligo will create a toxic psychological effect. This is extremely important because doctors don’t know what causes Vitiligo but they do know stress is a major component.
A doctor who is not offering you a positive outlook can have a devastating effect and they are unethical. Just like patients who have overcome cancer and other conditions you too can stop the progression of Vitiligo and even re-pigment the patches of skin which have lost all their pigment.
Coping With Vitiligo
Vitiligo does not cause any physical pain and for that reason some doctors discount the psychological effect it has on patients that suffer from it. When you choose your doctor make sure he or she understands the psychological, physical and societal impact this disease has on patients suffering from Vitiligo. You will find many resources online and elsewhere with outlandish claims about curing Vitiligo and some of these people are in business to take advantage of your desperation. Understanding your condition and gathering your information from reliable sources will help you face Vitiligo and cope with the condition knowing there is hope and you are able to do something about it.