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Coping with Leucoderma: the White Spot Disease

Written by Dr. Vinay Kumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

 

Leucoderma (Vitiligo):

Vitiligo (also know as white spot disease) is a skin disorder characterized by total loss of skin color in the affected area.

  • Vitiligo is a common disorder of skin affecting all races with nearly equal distribution.
  • Skin lesions are porcelain or marble white.
  • There is a tendency for new lesions to appear on the sites of trauma/ friction.

Risk Factors for Leucoderma:

You should be more careful if you have one or more of the following:

  • Family history of vitiligo.
  • Auto-immune diseases like hyperthyroidism and some other hormonal disorders like diabetes, pernicious anemia, Addison’s disease, etc.
  • Black moles surrounded by a rim of marble white colored skin.
  • Graying of hairs with an early onset.

Doubtful/ fresh lesions can be confirmed using special light (UV Light or Woods’ lamp). Leucoderma patches get accentuated under such lighting.

Factors That Increase the Risk of Treatment Difficulties:

  • Onset in younger age.
  • Lesions on the lips and tips of fingers and toes.
  • Past treatment failures.

Please Remember the Following:

  • The course of vitiligo is punctuated with remissions and relapses.
  • The presently available treatment modalities are not definitive.
  • It helps to be concerned about the disease and to follow recommendations of your physician but any anxiety on this account should preferably be avoided by participating in the community just like normal productive individuals.
  • Join or start a support group to share and discuss leucoderma related concerns and to exchange emotional support.
  • Consider using concealers or tattooing to mask white patches.
  • Narrow Band Ultraviolet Light NBUV is one of the safest and effective treatments that can be done at home or at a treatment centre.
  • A thorough checkup of eyes is a must for every patient of leucoderma because as a leucoderma patient, the probability of having certain eye disorders is greater.

Consult a vitiligo specialist online for queries regarding white patches --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist/vitiligo

Last reviewed at: 07.Sep.2018

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