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SKIN DISORDERS: VITILIGO AWARENESS

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Vitiligo is a non contagious condition upon which an individual loses pigment (melanin) from certain portions of their skin resulting in patches that feel like normal skin. Melanin is the substance that gives color to a person's skin, hair and eyes. The patches that occur on the skin are generally white patches that sporadically appear over areas of the body. This condition affects all races, however, because of the skin tone, it is more noticeable on darker skin. Generally, the loss of pigmentation starts in certain areas, and with time it spreads to other portions. Extreme physical and mental stress can increase the spreading of vitiligo. In order to get a proper diagnosis, a doctor will ask about your medical history and examine the affected areas. They will take particular notice to areas like the hands, feet, arms, face and lips. For confirmation, the doctor will get a small sample of the affected area for a biopsy (a closer look under the microscope). 

Currently, there is no cure for Vitiligo. However, there are treatments that involve trying to stop the vitiligo from spreading. The options of treatment are sunscreen, cover-up's, restoration of normal skin color, and  bleaching skin with topical creams. To learn in more detail the treatment of Vitiligo, view the following:


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