Vitiligo-Causes And Treatment.
Vitiligo is also known as white areas of the skin. It is the lose of the skin natural color and white patches completely occur. Or where certain areas of the skin lose their natural color.
This happens most often around the mouth or on the hands and feet, and around the anus or genitals. Be sure that the person understands that the color loss is not a sign of leprosy or any other serious disease.
It can be compared to white in older people. However, it can be very embarrassing to the person concerned, and cosmetic coloring of the skin may be advised if the trouble is on the face.
OTHER CAUSES OF WHITE SKIN PATCHES
Any patch of skin that is lighter or darker in color and that has no feeling when pricked with a pin is probably leprosy.
Many injuries, especially burns can cause temporary loss of the surface of the skin color. When some deep scars heal, you will discover that there is no pigment in the scar tissue.
Infections like measles, which lead to peeling of the skin also give temporary skin color loss in the areas affected.
Onchocerciasis in its later stages may show patchy white areas on the front of the lower legs (shins), often called ‘leopard skin’. Patches of the skin that look like orange peel may appear on the back.
GENERAL, PARTIAL LOSS OF SKIN COLOR AND HAIR COLOR.
The commonest cause in children aged 9 months to 2 years is the kind of malnutrition known as kwashiorkor.
The other common cause is tuberculosis. If malnutrition and tuberculosis occur together, the skin color loss may be even more marked.
There is no special treatment for vitiligo but a course of Thiacetazone as used for TB may be help some people.
In some cases, the color returns by itself without treatment.