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Vitiligo - Can Homeopathy Avert It?

Dr.Anirudh Singh 89% (265ratings)
BHMS
Homeopathy Doctor, Haridwar
Vitiligo - Can Homeopathy Avert It?

People suffering from Vitiligo have patches of discolored skin on face, limbs, and body. Though the condition is neither life-threatening nor contagious, the unsightly patches may beget emotional stress. 

Vitiligo may also affect hair, inside of mouth and eyes. It may turn a portion of hair white, discolor a part of the mouth and change the natural colour of eyes. 

There is traditional treatment for this disease, but the outcome is often unpredictable. Such treatment may also cause serious side effects. Homeopathy may treat this condition successfully. In fact, a study has shown that homeopathy may be quite effective in the early stages of Vitiligo. 

Vitiligo

Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition characterized by destruction of epidermal melanin cells, leading to loss of skin pigment. It affects about 2% of the population. Both men and women are likely to suffer from this condition. It mostly develops between the ages of 10 and 30. However, in some people, it may also show up around the age of 40.

Causes

The apparent reason for the disease is the destruction of melanocytes; cells that impart colour to the skin. An autoimmune condition is considered to be responsible for this. An overactive immune system may turn upon the melanocytes and destroy them.  

Symptoms 

Sporadic loss of skin color throughout the body including hair and eyes. 
One may start losing skin colour quickly in several areas of the body simultaneously. 
Places like armpits and areas that were previously injured are commonly affected by discolouration.  

Treatment 
Doctors resort to re-pigmenting by UV light, skin lightening, and even skin graft. Even if such treatment is successful, there is no guarantee that the patches will not return. Such treatment often entails the risk of side effects.
Homeopathic treatment rarely has any side effect. More and more people are turning to homeopathy for the treatment of Vitiligo. 

Homeopathic Treatment of Vitiligo

For people suffering from Vitiligo, it is a war on two fronts, and homeopathy has the distinction of fighting such wars. 
Since Vitiligo is most probably an autoimmune condition, patients need a constitutional remedy to prevent the immune system from attacking skin cells. 
They also need to fight the skin discoloration so that the skin can get back some of its lost colour.  
A study conducted on 14 patients to assess the effect of homeopathy on Vitiligo has yielded very positive results. In this study, patients were subjected to customized homeopathic treatment. Patients in the early stages of Vitiligo were found to respond positively to homeopathic treatment. 

Conclusion
Traditional treatment for Vitiligo is time-consuming, expensive and entails side effects. Moreover, the condition may relapse after a complete or partial cure. Homeopathy may offer complete or partial relief permanently since it offers both constitutional and symptomatic remedy. 

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Vitiligo And Leucoderma - How Can Homeopathy Tackle It?

Dr.G.R. Agrawal 97% (28633ratings)
DHMS (Hons.)
Homeopathy Doctor, Patna
Vitiligo And Leucoderma - How Can Homeopathy Tackle It?

The main pigment responsible for the hair and skin color is melanin. Melanocytes are the cells involved in the formation of melanin. Vitiligo is a dermatological condition (depigmentation) characterized by white spots or patches that appear in the body. Lack or absence of melanin is often responsible for the appearance of the white patches. Improper functioning or destruction of the melanocytes may interfere with the cell's ability to produce melanin. The condition can also affect your hair, scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes, resulting in their premature greying or whitening.

Vitiligo can be localized (only one or very few body parts are affected), generalized (affecting many body parts) or segmented (the condition affects only one side of the body). An autoimmune condition such as Diabetes (Type-1) or Hashimoto's thyroiditis may trigger the destruction of the melanocytes. Vitiligo may also be a hereditary condition. In some cases, stress or exposure to harmful chemicals may be responsible for the destruction of the melanocytes.

While many people confuse vitiligo with leucoderma, there is a small difference between the two. Like vitiligo, the white patches in leucoderma appear due to the destruction of the melanocytes. However, the destruction of the melanocytes in the case of leucoderma may result from an accident, a cut, burn or tear.

When it comes to treatment, many people prefer homeopathy over conventional treatments and medications. Being natural with negligible or no side effects are the main USP of homeopathic treatment. People with vitiligo and leucoderma have benefitted immensely from the treatment. The treatment may not provide you with immediate results, but it is worth your time and patience. Most of the homeopathic medicines activate the melanocytes. This activation triggers the formation of the melanin, thereby resulting in re-pigmentation.

The following homeopathic medicines are very effective against vitiligo and leucoderma.

  1. Silicea 30: Silicea 30 is helpful for people with a sensitive skin that appears waxy and pale. In such patients, the patches or spots are not typically white but slightly rose-colored. There is extensive sweating of the hands and feet. The fingertips also appear cracked with brittle nails.
  2. Arsenic Album: In some patients with vitiligo or leucoderma, the skin may appear dry and rough. In addition to the white patches, a person may complain of exhaustion and asthma (not in all patients). The person may show signs of extreme restlessness and anxiety. They freak out over cleanliness and neatness. Such patients benefit immensely from Arsenic Album.
  3. Calcarea Carb is used to treat vitiligo where the patches appear milky white in color. There may be a weakness in the bones as well.
  4. Sepia: Sepia is used when people with vitiligo distant themselves from their families and loved ones.
  5. Nitric Acid 30 is used in the case of the white spots appearing at the mouth, nipples, nose, eyes, penis, vulva (mucous junctions).

Also, Sulfur, Psoralea Coryl 3X, Staphysagria, Borax, are equally helpful in treating vitiligo and leucoderma. To play it safe, use the medicines only after consulting a specialist. Self-medication may not be a wise idea.

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Vitiligo - How Can Homeopathy Resolve It?

Dr.Vankeri Susheela 87% (10ratings)
BHMS
Homeopathy Doctor, Hyderabad
Vitiligo - How Can Homeopathy Resolve It?

Vitiligo is a skin disorder that leads to the appearance of white patches on the skin surface. The patches appear in random places, with very less underlying order to their arrangement. The cause of this disease is the impairment of skin melanocytes, structures that give skin its dark, or natural, pigment. This can be a result of the body attacking its own cells, making vitiligo an autoimmune disease.

Vitiligo does not occur to people in discrimination of gender and sets on early in life. This means that you will be affected irrespective of whether you are male or female, and will get it before you pass your 20’s completely. This disease may be hereditary. The diagnosis is made once you get patches of discolouration on your skin, and you will tend to get them rather quickly too.

What are the early signs of vitiligo?

The early symptoms of vitiligo include-

• Patchy loss of skin colour
• Premature greying of the hair follicles
• Change of colour of the retina
• Loss of colour of the mucous membrane

Some spots on the body may be more vulnerable to vitiligo. This includes the parts exposed to sunlight and parts that have suffered an injury in the past. The folded regions in your skin, like the underarms, are more vulnerable to this condition.

How does Homeopathy help treat vitiligo?

Unfortunately, conventional treatment does not offer a permanent cure to this condition. In most cases, doctors/skin specialists recommend homoeopathy treatment for managing the symptoms of vitiligo.

There are several reasons you should choose homoeopathy over conventional medicine vitiligo-

• Homoeopathy provides tailored treatment. It takes account of your personality and medical history and comes up with a treatment procedure custom made for you.
• The effects last for a longer duration. This is due to the customized treatment that homoeopathy affords.
• Homoeopathy provides a holistic treatment, which takes care of your mental state and lifestyle too, along with your physical state.
• The ingredients used in the preparation of homoeopathy medicines are natural and mild as compared to conventional medicine. Therefore, there are no risks or side effects involved in the procedure.

Vitiligo is a skin deformity that is still stigmatized in some parts of society. While the exact causes of this disease are not known, it can travel in the family. Its effects are irreversible, but you can manage them with the methods homoeopathy dictates, like those above.

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In Depth About Leucoderma!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurvedic Doctor, Delhi
In Depth About Leucoderma!

The development of white patches on the skin which may progressively start spreading all over your skin results in the chronic skin disorder known as vitiligo. This skin disorder is often a cause for social embarrassment for many people and may also affect their self-esteem by denting their self-image.

A little more about Vitiligo - The condition is caused due to the death of melanocytes which are the pigment administering agents of the skin. The melanocytes are responsible for the production and distribution of melanin. It may start with a small section of the skin and then spread to other areas of the body and if left untreated may result in the total loss of skin pigmentation. The area of the skin affected by this disorder generally varies from individual to individual. It might occur in the insides of your mouth, hair or eyes and may cause permanent discoloration.

Vitiligo can be classified as-

  1. Segmental Vitiligo: Even though this condition is stable, it tends to spread faster than the other form of vitiligo. It is asymmetrical in nature and affects the areas of skin that are connected to the nerves originating in the dorsal roots along the spinal cord.
     
  2. Non- Segmental Vitiligo: This form of vitiligo occurs in symmetric levels on both sides of the body. Frequent exposure to the sun causes this condition.

Causes - Although, there is no certified cause of vitiligo, the likely causes include chemical exposure, trauma from a stressful event, and genetics. Complications in the immune system may also cause this problem and many classify this as an autoimmune disorder as well.

Symptoms - The main symptom is the appearance of white patches on the skin. Initially, the patches are slightly pale in colour. They become paler with the passing of time and eventually turn white. This makes their appearance on the skin, distinct and prominent. Itching might result due to inflammation occurring at the edge of the patches although this varies from person to person.

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Tips To Treat Vitiligo!

Dr.Hardik Chandra Kalal 86% (49ratings)
MD - Ayurveda
Ayurvedic Doctor, Vadodara

In vitiligo patients, ayurvedic medicines in the form of extracts show quick results in stopping, the spread of white patches.

Homoeopathy Treatment Of Vitiligo!

Dr.Jyoti Singh 92% (1138ratings)
BHMS, MA Psychology & Traning Counselling
Homeopathy Doctor, Delhi

What is vitiligo?

Vitiligo is an acquired autoimmune disorder in which there is a focal loss of melanocytes which are pigment-producing cells in the skin and give tone to our skin. In case of vitiligo; melanocytes are targeted by the immune system of the body and are destroyed resulting in loss of pigment from the area.

Risk factors

  • Family history of vitiligo.
  • Family history of autoimmune disorders such as diabetes, thyroid, adrenal disorders etc.
  • Associated autoimmune disorders such as diabetes, thyroid, adrenal disorders etc
  • Trauma and sunburn.


Types of vitiligo

Vitiligo may be classified into localized vitiligo and generalized vitiligo.

localized vitiligo may be further classified into:

  • Focal: in this type hypo-pigmented spots are confined to one or more area.
  • Segmental: in this type of vitiligo one or more areas of hypo-pigmentation is seen but spots are confined to one side of the body only. This type is usually seen in children.
  • Mucosal: in this type of vitiligo only mucous membrane is affected.

Generalized vitiligo can be classified further into:

  • Acrofacial: hypo-pigmentation saw on parts which are away from the centre of the body i. E. Face, head, extremities etc.
  • Universal: hypopigmentation covering the almost whole body.
  • Mixed type of vitiligo may also be seen in which various patterns can be seen together.


Symptoms & causes

Symptoms

  • Hypopigmented spots on the skin usually starting from the sun-exposed areas. Sometimes greying of hair on the affected parts is seen along with greying of eyelashes.
  • Mucosal linings are also affected in few, causing depigmentation of the mucous membranes.
  • Itching may also be seen in few cases especially inactive stage along with sensitivity on exposure to the sun.

 ​​Causes
The exact cause of vitiligo is not known but a few possibilities are:

  • Autoimmune cause: pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) are attacked by the immune cells of the body and are destroyed.
  • Stress: Stress may also trigger vitiligo.
  • Sunburn: excessive and prolonged exposure to the sun can also trigger vitiligo.
  • Chemical exposure may also cause vitiligo.
  • Family history of vitiligo increases the chances of inheritance of vitiligo.
  • Injury: at the place of injury depigmentation may start with the healing process.
  • A hypothesis also states that depigmentation is seen along with the pressure areas of the body i. E along the waistline.


Diagnosis & treatment

  • Presence of depigmented spots.
  • An antinuclear antibody helps in the determination of autoimmune disorder.
  • Thyroid profile for the presence of thyroid disorder, thyroid peroxidase antibody for the presence of autoimmune thyroid disease.


Treatment

  • Phototherapy: exposure to uva or UVB light can help some individuals with the condition.
  • Homoeopathic medicine.

Management

  • Educate the patient and family members about the disease.

Clarify the facts about vitiligo that:

  • It is a non-contagious disorder and can't spread by contact.
  • It has no age, sex or ethnic discrimination.
  • Vitiligo is photosensitive and patients should avoid exposure of skin to direct sunlight for a prolonged period.

Dietary advice should also be given like:

  • Cashew nuts aggravate vitiligo.
  • Food with vitamin c aggravates vitiligo.

Homoeopathic management

  • Homoeopathy has a great scope in the treatment of vitiligo as after thorough case taking and evaluation of the case constitutional best-suited medicine is given to the patient which can promptly help in re-pigmentation and can cause complete cure also.
  • There are various medicines like sulphur, arsenic album, tuberculum, phosphorus, Calcarea carb, psorinum etc which can cure vitiligo depending on the case and personality of the patient.


Do’s and don’ts

Do’s

  • Take a healthy nutritious diet.
  • Cover the body while going out in sun.

Don’ts

  • Avoid exposure to the sun.
  • Avoid sour food items.
  • Avoid cashew nuts.
  • Avoid scratching as it may help in spread of spots.
     

Vitiligo - An Overview!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), M.D in Ayurveda, Ph.D
Ayurvedic Doctor, Hyderabad

In vitiligo patients, external application of psorlia cordifolia and wrightia tinctoria help in speedy recovery.

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Vitiligo - Try Homeopathy For It!

BHMS, MD - Homeopathy
Homeopathy Doctor, Yavatmal
Vitiligo - Try Homeopathy For It!

People suffering from Vitiligo have patches of discolored skin on face, limbs, and body. Though the condition is neither life-threatening nor contagious, the unsightly patches may beget emotional stress. 

Vitiligo may also affect hair, inside of mouth and eyes. It may turn a portion of hair white, discolor a part of the mouth and change the natural color of eyes. 

There is traditional treatment for this disease, but the outcome is often unpredictable. Such treatment may also cause serious side effects. Homeopathy may treat this condition successfully. In fact, a study has shown that homeopathy may be quite effective in early stages of Vitiligo. 

Vitiligo

Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition characterized by destruction of epidermal melanin cells, leading to loss of skin pigment. It affects about 2% of the population. Both men and women are likely to suffer from this condition. It mostly develops between the ages of 10 and 30. However, in some people it may also show up around the age of 40.

Causes

The apparent reason for the disease is the destruction of melanocytes; cells that impart color to the skin. An autoimmune condition is considered to be responsible for this. An overactive immune system may turn upon the melanocytes and destroy them.  

Symptoms 

Sporadic loss of skin color throughout the body including hair and eyes. 
One may start losing skin color quickly in several areas of the body simultaneously. 
Places like armpits and areas that were previously injured are commonly affected by discoloration.  

Treatment 

Doctors resort to re-pigmenting by UV light, skin lightening, and even skin graft. Even if such treatment is successful, there is no guarantee that the patches will not return. Such treatment often entails the risk of side effects.
Homeopathic treatment rarely has any side effect. More and more people are turning to homeopathy for the treatment of Vitiligo. 

Homeopathic Treatment of Vitiligo

For people suffering from Vitiligo, it is a war in two fronts, and homeopathy has the distinction of fighting such wars. 
Since Vitiligo is most probably an autoimmune condition, patients need a constitutional remedy to prevent the immune system from attacking skin cells. 
They also need to fight the skin discoloration so that the skin can get back some of its lost color.  
A study conducted on 14 patients to assess the effect of homeopathy on Vitiligo has yielded very positive results. In this study, patients were subjected to customized homeopathic treatment. Patients in the early stages of Vitiligo were found to respond positively to homeopathic treatment. 

Conclusion

Traditional treatment for Vitiligo is time-consuming, expensive and entails side effects. Moreover, the condition may relapse after a complete or partial cure. Homeopathy may offer complete or partial relief permanently since it offers both constitutional and symptomatic remedy. 

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Leucoderma - How Can Homeopathy Resolve It?

BHMS, MD - Homeopathy
Homeopathy Doctor, Surat
Leucoderma - How Can Homeopathy Resolve It?

Leucoderma in the medical world is also referred to as Vitiligo. Leuco means white and derma means skin. Leucoderma is an autoimmune skin disorder wherein parts of the skin start to lose colour. This leads to the appearance of patches of white skin. The human skin contains a pigment referred to as Melanin, which is produced by cells known as melanocytes. The pigment is dark in colour and gives the skin its colour. Melanin when present in our skin also helps to provide protection to the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun.

When there is deficiency or destruction or loss of the melanin pigment the skin loses whatever colour it had initially and in its place leads to the appearance of the white patches. The patches have no fixed shape and size and over time they tend to keep growing in size unless due treatment is received.

The areas of the body that are most prone to losing skin colour are:

• Body fold areas such as the armpit or groin
• Body openings such as hands or face

Leucoderma is neither infectious nor does it cause any pain.

Causes:

The causes of Leucoderma’s occurrence are not definite. However, some of the most common associated reasons are:

• Mental Stress
• Poor Immune System
• Acute Gastric Disorder
Hepatic functions such as jaundice
• Defective sweating mechanism
• Deficiency of either calcium, protein, or cupro minerals
• Presence of defective enzyme Tyrosinase
• Injuries sustained as a result of a burn
• Long-term disorders such as dysentery
Diabetes mellitus
• Addison’s disease
• Hereditary factors

Homoeopathy Treatment of Leucoderma:

In the medical world homoeopathy treatment of Leucoderma has shown positive results because homoeopathy true to its nature goes to the root of the issue and tries to give holistic treatment. It aids in improving the immune system and in due time restores the lost pigment melanin back to the skin and in turn, the white patches disappear.
Homoeopathy believes that Leucoderma is merely the skin’s way of expressing that there is some system disturbance on about. In some cases, homoeopathy requires a detailed understanding of the patient’s medical history and mental condition.
The duration of treatment and as well as the success of Leucoderma is a long-drawn process and depends on the extent of the white patches and the time taken by the illness to persist. As logic would say the bigger patches take a longer time to disappear whereas the smaller ones disappear faster. Generally, the time taken to treat Leucoderma can range from one year to a couple of years and even a lifetime, if in the latter case, the white patches have spread to more than 60 per cent of the body.

The Treatment Procedure:

• Once the treatment has begun the white patch areas will turn pink and then brown and then will slowly begin repigmenting.
• As part of the treatment procedure, the white patch areas need to be exposed to the sun in the early morning for about half an hour.
• A mild medicated soap should be used.
• Avoid or limit the use of cosmetic products on the skin
• Ensure that your daily diet contains sufficient portions of vitamins and proteins derived from food
• Avoid consuming citrus fruits, red meat, prawns, crabs and sour food items such as tamarind
• Try to keep yourself stress-free as much as possible
• And maintain a positive attitude

If the above-mentioned rules are followed then over time it is possible that your Leucoderma condition can be treated.


 

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Vitiligo - Signs To Identify It!

Dr.Nivedita Dadu 91% (180ratings)
MBBS, Diploma In Dermatology And Venerology And Leprosy (DDVL), DNB (Dermatology), MNAMS
Dermatologist, Delhi
Vitiligo - Signs To Identify It!

If you see continual and long-term white patches of depigmentation on your skin, it could be vitiligo. Vitiligo is a condition that appears when melanocytes in your skin are no more alive. This bunch of cells is responsible for producing the melanin pigment that endows the skin with its colour as well as protects it from the harmful UV rays. The area which may be affected by this dermatological disease varies from person to person, and it can also affect the hair, mouth and eyes as well. In most cases, the vitiligo affected area stays discoloured for the rest of the patient’s life.

Various types of vitiligo and their symptoms
Scientists have classified vitiligo into two types: segmental and non-segmental. The non-segmental vitiligo is the most common variant and 90 percent of vitiligo affected patients suffer from this kind of disorder. In this disease, the patches take place with little symmetry on both sides of the body. It can be further broken down into 5 sub-divisions.

  1. Generalised vitiligo: It can occur at any part of the body without any rules, and this is by far the most common type.
  2. Acrofacial vitiligo: It is mostly seen on the toes and fingers.
  3. Mucosal vitiligo: In this condition, the discolouration normally takes place around the lips and mucous membranes.
  4. Universal vitiligo: This is the rarest type of vitiligo where the whole body is covered in white patches.
  5. Focal vitiligo: This is most commonly found in children. The children have white and scattered patches across the body.

Possible treatments for vitiligo

Though there are no treatments possible that will re-pigment your skin to its original colour, there are several remedies that aid in decreasing the visibility of white patches on the affected areas of the skin. Some of them include:

  1. Phototherapy with UVB radiation: This is a common form of treatment where the affected area is exposed to UVB radiation and can be performed at home too. If you have large white spots across the body, it is important to have the treatment performed by an expert at any healthcare centre.
  2. Phototherapy with UVA radiation: In this treatment, a drug is first administered for increasing skin’s sensitivity to this radiation. Then the affected area of the skin is exposed to high doses of UVA radiation.
  3. Skin camouflage: In mild cases of vitiligo, cosmetic creams and make-up can be used to camouflage the affected area. It can last for about 12- 18 hours when applied in proper techniques.

In case you are suffering from vitiligo, it is crucial to speak with an expert and opt for the best means to curb down the impact of vitiligo.


 

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