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Vitiligo treatment, vitiligo, leukoderma, psoriasis, skin, vitilemVitiligo or leukoderma is a chronic skin condition that causes loss of pigment, resulting in irregular pale patches of skin. The precise cause of vitiligo is complex and not fully understood. There is some evidence suggesting it is caused by a combination of auto-immune, genetic, and environmental factors.Some researchers agree that an immune system imbalance may cause the immune system to identify pigment as a foreign substance and thus destroy it.

 The population incidence worldwide is considered to be between 1% and 4%

It affects both sexes and all races, but is often more noticeable and more disfiguring in people with darker skin. Vitiligo usually starts as small areas of pigment loss that spread and become larger with time.

Half of people with vitiligo develop patches of de-pigmented skin appearing on extremities  before their 20s. The patches may grow, shrink, or remain constant in size. Patches often occur symmetrically across both sides on the body. Occasionally small areas may repigment as they are recolonised by melanocytes. The location of vitiligo affected skin changes over time, with some patches re-pigmenting and others becoming Vitiligo treatment, vitiligo, leukoderma, psoriasis, skin, vitilemaffected.

In some cases, mild trauma  to an area of skin seems to cause new patches - for example around the ankles (caused by friction with shoes or sneakers). Vitiligo may also be caused by stress  that affects the immune system, leading the body to react and start eliminating skin pigment.

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Vitiligo on the scalp  may affect the color of the hair  (though not always), leaving white patches or streaks. It will similarly affect facial and body hair

Signs and symptoms

The main sign of vitiligo is pigment loss that produces milky-white patches (depigmentation) on your skin. Other less common signs may include

§                  Premature whitening or graying of the hair on your scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows or beard

§                  Loss of color in the tissues that line the inside of your mouth (mucous membranes)

§                  Loss or change in color of the inner layer of your eye (retina)

Although any part of your body may by affected by vitiligo, depigmentation usually develops first on sun-exposed areas of your skin, such as your hands, feet, arms, face and lips.

 For successful treatment it is important to keep a diet.

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