Leukoderma or otherwise commonly known to us as Vitiligo, is a common skin condition that affects most Americans averaging to about two percent with the total population. The most common causes or reasons associated with this skin condition are linked to genetics, one’s lifestyle and the immediate environment he/she is living in.
Although this condition has long been known and identified, studies are still up today because this condition still has no known cause and an exact cure has not been found yet. Not a single drug or a drug combination has been to cure or this skin condition.
A person suffering from vitiligo will have depigmention of the skin all over the body. How does this looks like and what really happens? Let me explain it further. With vitiligo, the hormone responsible for producing the skin color stops producing the color for the skin or otherwise known to us as melanin.
When this happens, the part of the skin where there is no continuation of the skin color production will result to a white area or white skin color or no skin color at all.
There is still no known or definite cause for this skin condition. Other doctors would identify this skin condition to be autoimmune because of its nature and its unknown origin.
This can also mean that a person having this autoimmune kind of skin disease experiences some kind of hormonal imbalance which in result can cause his/her own immune system to attack or fight against its own skin pigmenting cells of the skin.
When one experiences these kinds of symptoms where an area or a part of the body has depigmentation, you can always have a check with a skin specialist or a dermatologist to see and check if it is indeed vitiligo or just another skin disease.
Taking it for granted might result to even greater risk like having skin cancer for lacking skin pigmentation or skin protection of the skin since skin color acts are skin protection. Get accurate results and remove doubt by asking from and expert’s advice.
For those who are diagnosed with this skin condition, they are commonly advised to get some sun therapy or UV therapy which helps or promote repigmentation of the skin on the affected areas or the body.
Having vitiligo is like having diabetes or hypertension because it is also considered a lifelong skin condition which can be controlled but otherwise still incurable.
This skin condition, once it has been triggered or has been stimulated by any cause in the body, it usually stays on for a long time. Vitiligo may not be curable but it does not mean that a person having it cannot control it.
Little do some people know that there are actually a lot they can do to help control or limit vitiligo. Lifestyle is a great way, as suggested, to help in the control and in the prevention of this skin condition.
Diet is just one part of lifestyle that can actually help in the control of spread and aggressiveness of vitiligo. It has been found on researches that there is a link or connection between one’s diet and spread of vitiligo simply because this skin condition can likewise be triggered by common allergies in the body.
Some allergic reactions are triggered with food intake. Most of these foods are chicken, egg and peanuts. Rarely do other know that they can be allergic to some food because they body sometimes gives no signal that it is already reacting this way to this certain kind of food.
It is good to visit a naturopath or equivalent from time to time to know and gain information as to what specific foods can cause these internal allergies to us and that in turn can trigger these vitiligo flare ups.
Vitiligo is something we cannot cure or treat but it is something we can look out for so that we will not have to suffer it in the future. If we are aware about it and can gain access to it now, we can help prevent its spread or more prevent from suffering from it.
Another factor to have known to cause some kind of allergic reaction which can lead to vitiligo is stress. Having stress from work and all kinds might lead to having this kind of skin condition. It is likewise important to hear our body out so that we can give it proper care otherwise, it will reach its peak level and fall out.