Vitiligo is a common skin condition that affects 1-2 % of the Australian population. It causes white patches to develop on the skin and hair. Vitiligo is not contagious and does not have any symptoms. The white patches of vitiligo occur because melanocytes (pigment producing cells) are absent or dormant in these areas. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of vitiligo cases can be treated effectively and safely with very little costs.
Important Facts on Vitiligo:
- Vitiligo affects one to two people in a hundred.
- Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease, and is due to your body’s overactive immune system.
- Vitiligo is not related to diet, however can be made worse with stress and trauma.
- Vitiligo can be related to other autoimmune diseases such as thyroid disease, diabetes and anaemia.
- Small and early patches of vitiligo respond best to treatment.
- Treating vitiligo consists of diagnosing the condition, skin camouflage, anti-inflammatory creams to halt progression, and phototherapy to awaken dormant melanin producing cells.
- Sun protection is also very important in managing vitiligo, as sunburn can worsen or spread vitiligo.
Questions About Vitiligo
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Is vitiligo hereditary?
Is vitiligo related to diet or foods?
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Are special tests needed to diagnose vitiligo?
Can other skin conditions look like vitiligo?
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Is vitiligo contagious?