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    Leucoderma (Vitiligo) is a chronic skin condition that is characterized by patchy loss of skin pigmentation, resulting in irregular white patches of skin. The white patches often change shape, shrink or grow. They may even remain constant throughout the life. They may at times occur symmetrically on both sides of the body. Vitiligo on the scalp may affect the color of the hair (though not always), leaving white streaks. It similarly may affect facial and body hair. The disorder occurs when the elaborates, cells responsible for skin pigmentation, function abnormally or die. 


    The precise cause of vitiligo is complex and not fully understood. It is attributed to a combination of environmental, genetic and autoimmune factors. Sometimes an accidental cut, ulcer or rash may damage the melanocytes cells, which produce melanin pigment, and cause a white spot. It is common in people with liver, thyroid and diabetes problems. It may also be caused by stress affecting the immune system. A combination of factors like autoimmune problem, genetic factor and stress may result in this disorder. The population incidence worldwide is considered to be between 1% to 2%.

    According to Diseases Database: "A disorder consisting of areas of macular depigmentation, commonly on extensor aspects of extremities, on the face or neck, and in skin folds. Age of onset is often in young adulthood and the condition tends to progress gradually with lesions enlarging and extending until a quiescent state is reached." 


    It may begin at any age from children under one year of age to males and females above the age of 80. Generally around half of the people affected by this disease develop the patches before their twenties.

    The spread of the disease varies from person to person. In some individuals the spots may not spread at all and remain constant the entire life. In others the spread may be gradual and in certain cases it may spread very fast within a few months’ time. 


    Leucoderma/ Vitiligo is not a contagious disorder. It is not spread by touch as it is not caused by any bacteria, virus or germ. It is a totally benign disorder and neither harms the patient nor the people around him/her. 


    It may become a hereditary condition and may, in certain cases, pass on in the family. Many patients have a family history of leucoderma/ vitiligo and the disorder may even surface later in life. But it has been observed in many cases that the children of a parent suffering from leucoderma/vitiligo are not affected by it. At the same time, many people with no family history develop leucoderma/vitiligo. 


    Other than the cosmetic skin problem, many patients face psychological stress, which in turn may result in increased susceptibility to vitiligo. There is a social stigma attached to this disease affecting the social well-being of the patient, especially in countries like India, where the people are dark skinned.

    Often in India vitiligo/ leucoderma is equated with leprosy. But this disease is not spread by touch as it is not caused by any bacteria, virus or germ. It is a totally benign disorder and neither harms the patient nor the people around him/her.

    The individuals suffering from the disease should not shy away from social gatherings and maintain self-confidence. The family and friends should help the patients, especially children, to cope up with this skin de-colouration problem that does not harm the body in any other way. 


    Some of the symptoms are:

    • white patches on the skin, including the face, limbs, torso, and groin
    • golden brown patches on mucous membranes and around the eyes, nostrils, and mouth
    • premature graying of hair

    Leucoderma/ Vitiligo cannot be termed a ‘disease’ as it is a purely cosmetic problem and is more suitably termed a ‘skin disorder’. 


    Vitiligo/ Leucoderma is largely considered incurable and a very difficult disease.

    The treatments often used are:

    • prolonged exposure to Ultra Violet rays (UVA and UVB)
    • steroid creams/ointment and pills (application and oral)
    • cosmetic surgery/grafting
    • De-pigmentation (opposite of pigmentation – killing the remaining pigmented cells making the entire body pale/white in colour).

    Some of these have their ill-effects, are not a proven cure and are generally unaffordable by the masses. Prolonged exposure to UV rays may cause Skin Cancer and other problems like cataract.

    Use of cortisones/steroids may result in:

    • swollen body
    • unnatural weight gain
    • increased blood sugar and diabetes
    • high blood pressure
    • bones becoming hollow (osteoporosis)
    • cataract formation etc.


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