Leucoderma (Vitiligo)external image leucoderma.gif external image Leucoderma.jpg
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depigmentation on the legs
depigmentation on the legs

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WHAT: a skin disorder in which part of the skin takes on a pale, or "bleached" appearance due to the loss of melanin (3); depigmented patches of the skin; certain chemicals - cases have been described in occupational groups including chemical workers, engineering workers (from oil), automobile workers (from adhesive) and even hospital personnel (from germicide) (4); not caused by germs or from bad blood (4)

SYMPTOMS:
  1. small white spot which later develops into patches
  2. patches are pale in the beginning, but become whiter and whiter as time passes by due to loss of pigment
  3. spots enlarge and merge into each other and, in course of time, form a very broad patches
  4. most of the skin of the body may be covered with white patches
  5. spots appear as odd, harmless, white spots or patches disturbing the appearance of the sufferer
  6. hair on spot becomes white
  7. mostly, no symptoms are noted except whiteness of the skin (1,3)

SIGNS:
  • Premature whitening or graying of the hair on your scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows or beard
  • Loss of color in the tissues that line the inside of your mouth (mucous membranes)
  • Loss or change in color of the inner layer of your eye (retina) (3)

WHO: Around one percent of adults suffer from it; 1% to 2% of the population, irrespective of sex, race, or age (equally affects bopth genders and all races) (1); series have been reported from across the globe; 40 to 50 million people are affected (1); appears around the ages 20-30 (3)
More common in those with the following conditions:


CAUSE: unknown, however there may be a link to an immune system disorder; sunburn or emotional distress, to trigger the condition; could have heredity links,destruction of melanocytes; being overly worried about your appearance can cause these spots to occur

WHERE: can appear on various parts of the body (1)

HOW to treat it: massaging with mustard oil, which has some healing properties that help care for the skin discoloration; drink a glass of milk every night with an added teaspoon of turmeric powder, to help your body heal from within; apply a paste made with pure and finely ground sandalwood powder and olive oil to the area (5)


HOW IT AFFECTS THE BODY: must be careful in the sun due to the pale complection and risk of sunburn (3); causes white spots to appear on the skin; can lead to depression

WHEN: onset occurs between the ages of 10 and 30, before the 40th birthday generally but can appear at any age (3)

INTERESTING FACTS ANS OTHER THINGS:
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These changes in your skin can result in stress and worries about your appearance. (3)
~Affected skin is particularly sensitive to sunlight. (3)
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marked social stigma in countries such as India, where opportunities for social advancement or marriage among affected individuals are severely limited even today
~the person's health is no way affected except for leading to depression

~some people reported more white patches after physical or emotional stress ~diagnosis is based on a physical exam, medical history, and tests, such as a biopsy, blood test, and eye exam


How would you feel if your skin actually became affected because you were overly worried about your appearance?
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BIBLIOGRAPHY:
http://diseases.emedtv.com/search.html?searchString=Vitiligo
http://archives.chennaionline.com/health/Homoeopathy/2005/05homoeo45.asp
http://www.avrf.org/facts/facts.htm
http://www.hse.gov.uk/skin/professional/causes/leucoderma.htm
http://www.hair-n-skin-care.com/blog/skin-care-tips/leucoderma-vitiligo-leucoderma-hereditary-leukoderma-treatment-vitiligo-cure.html