In this article I am providing some general information about Vitiligo.
Vitiligo, otherwise known as Leukoderma, is a skin condition that is more common than most people realize. In fact it is such a widespread condition that it actually affects over two percent of the population in Western cultures. It can affect children as young as ten years of age, however often it does not occur until adulthood. It is generally accepted that there are three significant factors that are linked to Vitiligo and they are
While this condition has been around for a very long time there is still no mainstream medical cure for it today despite extensive ongoing medical studies. There is no one drug that can stop or reverse the condition and no easy "take a pill and it will go away" solution, and most Vitiligo sufferers continue to see the de-pigmentation of their skin over the years, which puts Vitiligo in the category of chronic conditions.
With no scientifically developed cure available at this point in time, treatment to manage and slow down the spread of the Vitiligo has been Health Industries advice and the primary focus for sufferers, and those who do see improvements over time often find this happens through the consultation of the more natural therapies.
Vitiligo is believed to be an autoimmune related condition that can come on quite suddenly. Cells that are responsible for producing and maintaining the color of the skin, (the melanin) for some reason begin to die, causing the skin to loose its pigmentation and creating a "colorless" patch of skin. This first patch can spread, or it can start again in a new patch of skin area. This occurrence is understood to be a direct result of the individual experiencing some sort of body imbalance. This imbalance tricks the immune system into attacking the cells that work to produce the pigment.
If you are reading this and you think you may have Vitiligo then please consult your own personal Health Care Professional. Diagnosis should be quick and painless, and if Vitiligo is diagnosed, then it will mean you can work on identifying the trigger factors and on controlling the spread of the condition as soon as possible. Some Health Care Professionals who diagnose Vitiligo will look to UV therapies as the primary treatment for the condition, with the aim being to stimulate the cells and encourage re-pigmentation of each of the affected areas of skin.
Other approaches may be more inclined to looking holistically to the management of the condition. Accepting the assertion by the medical world that Vitiligo is a condition that is most likely brought about by an imbalance, means that it is possible to explore all aspects of diet and lifestyle, in an attempt to identify the triggers and address the possible causes, therefore restoring balance to the individual and bringing about an improvement to the condition. Talking a holistic approach can be very important, as there could be other contributing health related issues that also need to be treated alongside the Vitiligo.
Researchers have documented links between common food allergies and the onset of Vitiligo. The possibility of having an undiagnosed food allergy offers sufferers a good place to start looking for answers in how to manage their Vitiligo condition. For this reason it is very important to discuss tests for possible food allergies with your own personal Health Care Professional.
For sufferers of Vitiligo who have chosen to embrace the modification of lifestyle, with a focus on diet and managing stress as a treatment plan, there have been significant improvements documented, particularly in slowing the aggressive nature of the condition, and some have even reported experiencing a remission, or even a gradual reversal of the condition. Finally there have been cases where Vitiligo sufferers who have implemented diet and lifestyle modifications have not only seen a vast improvement to their Vitiligo condition, but they also have seen improvements with other previously undiagnosed health issues.