Piebaldism is defined as the autosomal dominant disorder of melanocyte development. Here one can experience the appearance of a white strands or hair just at the forelock, which is followed with multiple symmetrical hypopigmented or depigmented macules. Basically it refers to the absence of melanocytes in this area, causing a change of colour.
HOW IS PIEBALDISM DIAGNOSED?
Skin biopsy from patients with piebaldism demonstrates complete lack of melanocytes and melanin pigment. In vitiligo, lesions appear later in life and their configuration and distribution is quite different. If deafness is apparent and the distance between the eyes is greater than normal then the diagnosis of Waardenburg syndrome needs to be considered.
HOW IS PIEBALDISM TREATED?
There is no actual treatment available for Piebaldism and usually application of hair colour is recommended here. There is an option to repair the skin by doing the surgery and the graft is removed here. Doing so may or not may not bear positive results. In other cases, using ayurvedic solutions has been effective, especially option for products that naturally cover this lock.
DID YOU KNOW?
In most of the cases, the pigmented areas are present at birth and do not increase in size or number.