What is Vitiligo? Increase your Awareness on Vitiligo with Derma Dr. Harish Prasad

What is Vitiligo?

Vitiligo is a lasting skin condition that causes discoloration of the skin. Vitiligo is the outcome of the skin’s Melanocytes – the cells accountable for giving the skin color being destroyed by the immune system. It has an effect on about 1 percent of people around the globe. People with vitiligo experience color loss in a range of areas of exposed skin. It can happen in people of whichever race. It’s most obvious among people with dark skin because the difference between the normal skin tone and the white patches that have been affected by this condition is more distinct.

Increased risk of developing Vitiligo

Vitiligo more often than not begins with a few small white patches that may progressively spread over the body over the course of a few months. From time to time the bigger patches go on to broaden and spread, but typically they stay in the same place for years. Vitiligo differs in the quantity of skin affected, with some patients experiencing few de-pigmented areas and others with extensive loss of the color of skin.

Different types of Vitiligo

  1. Generalized- This is the most general type when macules come into sight in various places on the body.
  2. SegmentalThis is limited to one particular part of the body or one area, such as the hands, neck, or face.
  3. Mucosal- This influences mucous membranes of the mouth and the genitals.
  4. Focal- This is a rare sort in which the macules are in a small area and do not broaden in a certain prototype within a year or two
  5. Trichome- this means that there is a white or neutral center, then a region of lighter pigmentation, and then a region of normally colored skin.
  6. Universal– This is an uncommon type of Vitiligo and one in which more than 80% of the skin of the body be deficient in pigment.


Treatment for Vitiligo is based on altering the look of the skin by restoring its color. Nevertheless, the effects of treatment are not usually lasting, and it cannot always have power over the spread of the condition. We recommend

  1. Safety from the sun
  2. Camouflage creams
  3. A steroid ointment or cream
  4. Regular follow-ups with us

Defeating social challenges

The social stigma of Vitiligo can at times be complex to deal with. Discomfiture can lead to problems with self-worth, and in some cases, anxiety and depression may develop. Rising awareness about Vitiligo, by talking to family about it, can help people with this condition to prevail over these difficulties. Connecting with others who have Vitiligo could be helpful. We dermatologists could give you all the professional help you need.  


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