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Leucoderma - Can You Be At Risk?

Dr. Nitin Jain 84% (254 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD), DDV, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Pune  •  23 years experience
Leucoderma - Can You Be At Risk?

Leucoderma is more commonly known as vitiligo. It is characterized by white patches developing on your body and it can happen to any part of the body. The reason why vitiligo occurs is because melanocytes, which comprise the pigment known as melanin, get damaged. Melanin imparts your skin its color, hence, a lack of it results in vitiligo. Here are the exact causes, symptoms and treatment of vitiligo:

Causes

1. Vitiligo occurs when the melanocytes, which comprise the pigment "melanin", get damaged.

2. However, it is worth note that the exact cause of vitiligo is unknown although it does affect dark skinned people a lot more. There have been many theories about what causes this disease however.

3. Vitiligo, being an autoimmune disease, is caused when the melanocytes attack your immune system.

Symptoms

1. The most common symptom of leucoderma is that white patches develop on the body.

2. The white patches appear rapidly at first followed by a rather stable period where the disease does not progress any further.

3. Leucoderma can even affect the hair and eyelids and it is extremely rare for pigmentation to come back to normal.

4. Finally, it is worth note that leucoderma has high chances of occurring to the areas of the body which are exposed more to the sun, areas where there were injuries before as well as the area around moles.

Treatment

Leucoderma can be easily cured with Ayurvedic treatment. Photo-therapy and laser also help to treat the condition faster.

Who is at risk?

Men and women are equally likely to suffer from vitiligo. However, factors such as having a family history of vitiligo or leucoderma and having autoimmune disorders make you more susceptible to leucoderma.

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