Vitiligo is a skin disease is a chronic disorder that causes the skin to loss its color in patches. It occurs when melanocytes (the color/pigment producing cells), die or are unable to function.
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A substance which gives color to the skin is termed as a “Pigment” and thisprocess is called “Pigmentation”. According to dictionary of popular medical terms, a pigment can be defined as “a substance which gives color to tissue”. Although, variations in skin color is genetic in origin but it also depends upon “pigment” especially “Melanin Pigment” is responsible for skin color.
The tone of human skin is ranging from black to colorless, which may appear pinkish white due to the presence of blood and blood vessels. Pigmentation is dependent to exposure of sunlight as it has been observed that people having ancestors lived in tropical areas and higher latitudes are mostly dark skinned because their skin is more exposed to sunlight than those lived in middle latitudes. Continue reading
Pityriasis Alba and vitiligo is a common skin disease now a day. It is also known as “Pityriasis streptogenes” or “Pityriasis simplex”. As the name indicated for this, “Pityriasis” is so named for “the fine scaly appearance” while “Alba” means “White”. In this disease, as a result of depigmentation as well as hypo pigmentation, dry, scaly and pale spots or lesions appear occasionally on the body parts, especially cheeks are the most common sites. In winter because of dry weather, these white spots are more frequently seen on the skin. The size of lesions may range from ½cm to 20cm. It is a non-cancerous disease. Continue reading
Idiopathic Guttate Hypomelanosis and vitiligo is a common skin disorder which isseen far more frequently in middle-aged and light skinned females than males. It is also known as “Leukopathia symmetrica progressiva”. It is a benign, harmless condition of depigmentation.
Just like other skin diseases, also in this disease white macules are formed. These macules are small in size ranging from 2 to 5mm, and may be flat, discrete, mild scaly, circular or oval in shape. These macules mostly occur on the body parts that are exposed to sunlight. Usually, they first appear on the front of legs below the knees and then on forearms but they also affect shoulders, chest and face and upper part of the back. Continue reading
Nevus depigmentosus and vitiligo was first time introduced by Lesser in 1884. As the name indicated “Nevus is a Latin word which means “chronic lesions of skin” and “depigmentosus” means “loss of pigment”. So, it is a chronic skin disease which causes depigmentation. It is also known as Nevus achromicus. It is quite different from vitiligo. It attacks on skin in the form of white patches or lesions which are localized, benign, hypopigmented (may cause loss of skin color) and stable. Size of these patches grows with the growth of body.