Vitiligo : Myths vs Facts

Vitiligo is a skin condition which has been marred with numerous myths and superstitions. Here are some of them. # MYTH 1: People with vitiligo are born with patchy uneven skin because they have mixed-race parents. FACT: Vitiligo is not related to ethnicity of the parents and most people with it have even skin pigmentation at birth. Vitiligo is a progressive medical condition that generally emerges as discolored patches in a young person. # MYTH 2: Only dark-skinned people get vitiligo. FACT: Vitiligo affects people of all races equally; however, it may be more noticeable in people with dark skin. # MYTH 3: Vitiligo is related to other skin diseases such as skin cancer, leprosy etc. FACT: Vitiligo is a completely separate condition and not related to skin cancer or leprosy. It is thought to be an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks and kills cells that make skin color, called melanocytes. The cause of the disorder remains unknown. # MYTH 4: Vitiligo only affects only exposed skin, such as on faces and hands. FACT: Vitiligo tends to occur more commonly in sun-exposed areas, such as hands, feet, arms, face, and lips. However, these patches can also occur in the armpits, groins, eyes, navel, genitals and rectal areas. # MYTH 5: Vitiligo gets affected by the type of food you eat.