Vitiligo: Skin Depigmentation
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Vitiligo: Skin Depigmentation

The "Michael Jackson Skin Condition" of vitiligo has an air of mystery about it. He tried unsuccessfully to hide it by using umbrellas, hats, gloves and dark glasses. Vitiligo and skin depigmentation are the same thing. You can read the facts that you should to know about skin depigmentation here.

By definition, vitiligo is a condition that affects the pigmentation of your skin. It produces white patches of various sizes and shapes, which enlarge over time. Vitiligo knows no boundaries and does not discriminate between races, colors, religions, gender or sex. However, it is more noticeable on darker skin or where white patches are brighter due to the passage of time.

Signs or Symptoms

Vitiligo is not easy to hide as it produces those easy-to-spot white blotches on your skin. Depigmentation is the main sign of vitiligo and often leads to the assumption that the person scratches insect bites or wounds that need more time to heal.

There is no pain that associates with the development of vitiligo. The patient or medical professional must depend on certain signs that something is wrong. White patches alone do not signal vitiligo, but may be just one of four signs that herald a vitiligo diagnosis. The other three - less common signs - are:

    ?    Early onset of white or gray hair on beard, scalp, eyebrows and even eyelashes.

    ?    Mucous membrane tissues inside the mouth lose their color.

    ?    The retina of the eye changes its color or loses it altogether.

Patterns of Depigmentation

Dipigmentation could affect any part of the body, but usually develops first on areas that experience exposure to the sun. This means that hands, arms, legs, face and lips are most susceptible. Vitiligo usually makes its first appearance between ages 10 and 30.                      

Three patterns emerge in the development of vitiligo with a generalized pattern being most common. This pattern shows widespread symmetrical depigmentation across many areas of the body. The opposite of generalized is the focal pattern of depigmentation, which can affect one area or several areas of the body.

The pattern in the middle is segmental depigmentation. This type is most likely to develop at a younger age and stop developing after a year or two. Skin color is lost on only one side of the body.

Treatment of Vitiligo

It is difficult to predict the natural course vitiligo will take. There are times when the patches stop appearing on their own without treatment. More commonly, the skin depigmentation spreads until it involves most of the skin surface.

Since there is no cure for vitiligo, the most that could happen is that treatment might slow or stop the spread of these pesky white patches. Some treatments attempt to reverse the depigmentation process, thus returning some skin color. If the skin, eyes or hair begin to lose texture and color, it is time to seek the input of a doctor.

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Useful information .Thanks for sharing.