Monday, February 25, 2013

Does A Vitiligo Cure Exist?

By Dena R West

Vitiligo or leukoderma as it's also known is a disease which affects the pigmentation of the skin. Despite doctors and scientists discovering and working on the affliction for decades, very little has been resolved regarding an actual cure. But even though a vitiligo cure hasn't yet been created, that doesn't mean the affliction can't be controlled.

Explaining vitiligo.

Vitiligo can occur when your immune system skips out of the natural balance of your body. This is often affected by three factors throughout your life and the degree to which these factors become negative can be mirrored in the ease of which vitiligo can strike you.

Genetics, lifestyle and environment play their part in your overall health and when these get out of step, the autoimmune condition vitiligo can propagate in your body affecting your cells and causing pigmentation abnormalities due to cell death.

Melanin produced in the cells is what gives the skin color, but when these cells die as a result of vitiligo, the loss of the melanin causes skin pigmentation defects which manifests in lighter or discolored areas of skin. There's no known way to reverse the process at present.

Vitiligo can strike at any time and without warning, so even a person with no symptoms can contract the disease generally when one or more body factors step out of balance.

Explaining Autoimmune.

The human immune system is very complex and when something moves out of synchronization, conditions can arise which are suitable to the onset of vitiligo.

Should you start to show any unusual poor health signs, immediately visit a physician and get a full check up. Existing ailments that you might already realize you have can nevertheless allow vitiligo to prosper.

Even though you can't control your genetic code, you can control your lifestyle and environment and in the absence of a vitiligo cure, slowing down the disease is the next best thing. So getting that all important diagnosis from the doctor should be your first port of call.

Your genetic code is a hard-wired set of instructions that you can't affect or change; a predisposition to contract the disease is coded and at the moment can't be changed, but you diet and environment can - this is where you can take control.


It has been shown that a poor diet or one lacking in major foodstuffs and certain proteins can leave your immune system weak for protection against viruses and allergies.

A balanced diet would include fresh items such as vegetables and fruit, as well as non-processed meats and fish. Antioxidants can be found in fruits and vegetables and these prevent molecular cell death in the melanin producing cells.

Pigmentation disease occurs when free radicals break down the molecular mass of the cells that produce melanin. Although oxidation is a naturally occurring process all over the human body, we want these cells intact and antioxidants help to keep them this way.

If you think back 60 or more years to the sort of diet people would've followed then, you'll get an idea of the right kinds of food to eat. Think fresh produce, fish, some meat and avoid processed foods and fast food junk.

A poor diet can lead the body into viral infection and allergies, even ones you wouldn't be aware you have.


Stress is another factor in leaving a way in for vitiligo and stress is most commonly linked to environment. This can be affected by any number of factors, but by complimenting your new diet with a healthier more active lifestyle, you can remove unnecessary stresses.

Environmental factors usually point to a job you perform and the place in which you live. Clearly other factors may influence these two points and you might not have the desire or money to change either facet, but can you take small steps to reduce stress in these environs?

A simple plant is a great way to create a more tranquil space at home or work. By processing the carbon dioxide into oxygen, you room will be purified and the attention you need to water, prune and feed the plant can focus the mind - these are good de-stressing tools.

So just because there's presently no vitiligo cure, it doesn't mean you have to just lie back and accept your fate. Use the above tips to take back control of the condition.

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