Vitiligo- Myths and Facts

Vitiligo is a disorder which is commonly determined as white patches that appear on various parts of the body. The Newlook Laser Clinic is helping people cure this disease in India. Scientifically, it is a disorder that occurs due to damage of cells that makes the pigment of the skin (known as melanocytes), which gives color to our body. Since these cells are destroyed, there is unevenness in the color of the body. Vitiligo can affect the tissue of our sensory organs like eyes, nose and even mouth. There are various myths related to this disorder which are not totally correct. Here is a try to clarify those myths with some true Facts:
 
1. Person having Vitiligo lacks in Physical as well as mental abilities.
Fact: Vitiligo is a disorder that is limited exclusively to the skin and it does not affect or harm any other body part and neither does it affect organ nor intelligence level.
 
2. Vitiligo is caused due to the wrong combination of diet like excessive consumption of rice, drinking milk shortly after eating fish and so on.
Fact: In reality, there is no connection between Vitiligo and diet. It is senseless to make a patient ignore sour items like lemon, curd, tomato, pickles from his diet with the expectation to decrease the presence of disease. While, we may assume that new patches appear when skin is subject to any kind of scratches, burns, cuts, pregnancy or any kind of emotional pressure.
 
3. Vitiligo is the caused because of our bad deeds.
Fact: Actually, such superstitions are totally wrong because eventually if it was correct then every person on this earth would be suffering from Vitiligo. This disorder is caused due to the destruction of cells which produce pigments that gives color to the body.
 
4. Vitiligo can further cause skin cancer.
Facts: Factually, skin cancer is caused due to the presence of mutations in DNA which cause the cells in our body to behave abnormally and then further grows. That is, the mechanism through which both Vitiligo as well as skin cancer occurs are totally different. In fact it doesn’t have any connection with other skin disorders.
 
5. Vitiligo is difficult or impossible to get cured.
Facts: Today, Medical science has given us a great armament to battle with this disorder. Some of the treatments are immune modular drugs, Ultraviolet A as well as B, steroids and so on. The latest method to cure this disease is transfer of melanocyte, that is, the pigment producing cell. No doubt, treatment for Vitiligo is slow and quiet difficult, but is effective and thus can cure the disorder.
 
25th June is observed as World Vitiligo Day, and it is very important to remember that persons suffering from Vitiligo are equally respected as well as supported to tackle this monster. 
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