This is our frequently asked questions page where we try our best to answer all the questions that get asked frequently.
What is Vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a condition of the skin which causes loss of pigmentation resulting in white patches of skin appearing throughout the body.
Who Can Get Vitiligo?
Just about anyone is at risk for developing vitiligo. It's prevalent among all races and it equally affects both genders. However, there are certain factors which can increase your chances of developing vitiligo. Generally, those who have vitiligo or autoimmune conditions within the family, are at greater risk of developing it themselves.
How Common is Vitiligo?
About 1-2% of the world's population develops vitiligo between the ages of 10-30. In North America alone, it's an estimated 2-5 million that have this condition.
What is The Cause of Vitiligo?
The exact cause of vitiligo is still to be determined. However, there are various factors which may contribute to this disease: autoimmune reactions, genetics, sunburn and stress.
What Are The Symptoms of Vitiligo?
People who have vitiligo experience white patches of skin which develops of various parts of the body. Over time, these white patches will grow larger in size. The common place where vitiligo will first appear, include the face, hands, arms, lips, feet and any other sun exposed area. It's not uncommon for vitiligo to quickly spread to other areas not mentioned above.
Is Vitiligo a Contagious Disease?
How is Vitligo Diagnosed?
Vitiligo is usually diagnosed by a doctor after a physical examination followed by inspection of the patient's medical history. A blood test or biopsy is also done in order to rule out other possibilities.
How Do You Treat Vitiligo?
There are many conventional treatment methods for vitiligo including: oral corticosteroids, topical corticosteroids, UV light therapy, skin grafting, skin tattooing, and skin de-pigmentation of the surrounding skin (to match the color of your affected areas).
How Effective Are Conventional Treatment Methods for Vitiligo?
There are both pros and cons of conventional medical treatments for vitiligo, however, none of these methods can produce guaranteed results.
Steroids may improve the condition of the skin when used long-term; however, this is generally not recommended because of the side effects associated with long term use.
Although it can be effective to a certain extent, light therapy is very time consuming and can carry a risk of skin burn, eye damage, and increased susceptibility to skin cancer.
Skin grafting is very effective in theory, but in reality, it can have many complications including: rejection of the grafted skin, infection, and cobblestone effect (an abnormal appearance of the skin)
Is There a Natural Treatment Option for Vitiligo?
The simple answer is yes. There have been a number of research papers published that indicate that in scientific trials, patients have been cured naturally by using a combination of vitamins and herbal extracts. A lot of the research carried out in Sweden reports that dietary changes can also have a very noticeable effect.
If you want more information on how to cure vitiligo naturally, check out Michael Dawson's step-by-step guide, "Natural Vitiligo Treatment System™". Michael Dawson is a UK-based certified nutritionist, independent biomedical researcher and holistic health consultant.