Vitiligo Myths Busted
Vitiligo is a skin condition that occurs quite often. It is one of those diseases that requires multiple drugs and treatments for its cure and is also associated with a whole range of stigmas. The disease is caused by the loss of the pigment melanin that is the reason our skin gets colour. The white patches that occur from vitiligo lead to a whole range of myths that lead to mistreatments and even though it isn’t actually harmful- ends up causing a lot of damage to the patients.
Therefore, we have listed the most absurd and common myths about vitiligo which we hope will help patients get a clear idea about the diseases and seek proper treatment for it.
Myth 1: All White Patches mean vitiligo.
Fact: Most definitely not. A white patch could mean a whole range of things- including but not restricted to Fungal infections, Post inflammatory Hypopigmentation, Chemical leukoderma, Congenital leukoderma,Leprosy.
So if you are getting white patches- don’t self diagnose! Go to a doctor immediately, because any disease is easily curable if diagnosed at an early stage.
Myth 2: Vitiligo is contagious
Fact: No, it is not. IT is not an infection but an autoimmune disease. It is definitely not contagious and does not get transferred through body contact, saliva, blood, inhalation, sexual intercourse or the sharing of personal items (i.e. drink bottle, towels, etc).
Please don’t ostracize people with this disorder, and in turn join in on World Vitiligo Day on 25th June to set the record straight and spread awareness about vitiligo.
Myth 3: Mental impairment.
FACT: People are ignorant.
Given how kind the world around us is- it is commonly believed that vitiligo affects mental health for people. But, newsflash: IT IS A SKIN DISORDER. So no, it does not make people dysfunctional or stupid. A person suffering from vitiligo is just as capable as any other person, and the impact of vitiligo is just limited to the skin.
Myth 4: It is incurable
Fact: Treating vitiligo is a tricky process- there are a lot of possible treatment and there has to be a specific one that will be suitable for your skin. For the best results, you have to consult a proper dermatologist. A standardized clinic with world-class technology and reputable doctors- like Gracia Cutis is the ideal place to go for a consultation.
In general, versus the popular opinion that vitiligo is incurable, 70 percent of patients get absolutely cured of vitiligo and there are innumerable methods to try before giving up completely.
The commonly used treatments for vitiligo include:
Corticosteroids: Corticosteroids used orally can control the disease and actually even confirm the diagnosis. Depending on the severity of the case, corticosteroids might or might not work.
Photo-chemotherapeutic treatment: In this treatment, Photosensors are orally inhaled. Then the patient is subjected to ultraviolet radiation.
Pseudocatalase: This is a relatively new drug that is used alongside subjecting the patient to UVB rays.
Immunomodulators: they are a good method for bringing the original colour of the skin back.
Depigmenting agents: This treatment is exclusive for patients who are suffering from patches on near about 90% of their skin surface.
Radio surgery: This process essentially removes the affected layers of the skin. The scars and deeper craters are then filled in. It is only used in extreme cases.
Steroid injections: Used on keloid scars and hypertropic scars on the body, it is again only for severe and specific cases of vitiligo.