World Vitiligo Day 2022: 5 common myths about leucoderma that you should be aware of

World Vitiligo Day 2022: Vitiligo, also known as ‘leukoderma’ or ‘white leprosy’, is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells that produce pigment, causing tissue damage. Melanocytes are cells that produce the skin pigment melanin, which gives your skin its color; When melanocytes die, white spots appear. More than 1 […]
 


World Vitiligo Day 2022: 5 common myths about leucoderma that you should be aware of

World Vitiligo Day 2022: Vitiligo, also known as ‘leukoderma’ or ‘white leprosy’, is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells that produce pigment, causing tissue damage. Melanocytes are cells that produce the skin pigment melanin, which gives your skin its color; When melanocytes die, white spots appear.

More than 1 lakh cases of white spots are reported in India every year. Vitiligo can occur at any age, but it is more common before the age of 30. There are many different types of it. In some people, these white spots appear on one part of the body. At the same time, in some patients, these spots gradually spread throughout the body. There are many beliefs about this, due to which vitiligo patients experience mental stress.

#Myth 1: Eating fish and milk together causes skin reaction

No, that’s not true at all. There is no study of any kind, which links white spots on the body and fish-milk. Experts say that it is an autoimmune disorder, which is not affected by a combination of food. Autoimmune is the condition when the body’s immune system starts attacking the healthy cells of the body.

#Myth 2: White spots spread just by touching

There has been no research on this. According to experts, vitiligo is not contagious. In such a situation, this disease does not spread by touching, eating, drinking, blood or sex of the affected patients.

#Myth 3: Using too much soap causes white spots

It is believed that excessive use of soap causes white spots. However, this notion is completely false and a myth. As mentioned Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease. It does not contain any extraneous ingredients.

#Myth 4: White spots are the cause of all white spots

No, not all white spots are caused by white spots. There is a comprehensive list of all white spot disorders. White spots can be caused by nevus, post burn, leprosy, tinea versicolor (fungal infection) and other factors.

#Myth 5: Vitiligo is difficult to diagnose

Vitiligo is a relatively simple clinical diagnosis. Diagnosis is based on the typical distribution pattern of skin lesions, which are hypopigmented, non-scaly, chalky white macules with distinct margins.