What is Vitiligo, Why Have You Got It And What Can You Do About It
All forms of skin complaints are extremely worrying to the sufferer, and in this piece we will look at one in particular; vitiligo. We will address a whole host of issues such as what is vitiligo, what can you do to improve your condition, and why natural treatment of this ailment should be strongly considered.
What is this skin condition?
It is a dermatological condition which occurs when your skin loses its pigmentation in certain parts of your body. While this problem can be localized to just one area of your body, it is also possible that it will affect several different areas at the same time.
It causes light coloured patches of skin to appear on the affected parts of your body.
Studies carried out have shown that most people will develop this condition before they reach 40 years of age and that approximately half of those will be under 20 when this problem develops.
What causes vitiligo?
The exact cause of vitiligo is as yet unknown by the medical community, although the majority believe it is attributed to an autoimmune condition.
What they believe happens is that your body’s immune system wrongly attacks and destroys certain cells in your body. These unwarranted attacks are what cause the white patches to appear on certain parts of your body.
The condition tends to run in the family, so do some homework to understand how serious it was in yours.
Is Vitiligo painful? – Yes and No!
Physically vitiligo is not painful and the condition does not offer any real negative health consequences, however mentally it can cause extreme anguish due to the effect it has on your appearance. In this sense it can be both emotionally and psychologically disturbing.
When you have vitiligo the white ‘spots’ of your skin are due to depigmentation of the skin in that area. This means that you should be looking at repigmentation in those areas.
There are still lots of unknown factors regarding repigmentation and one is the fact that without any treatment whatsoever the white patches can begin to repigment.
Some sufferers report that the new pigment remains for a long time and many others do not report any relapse in terms of the spot which has repigmented.
Others state that while they are treating their vitiligo the spot which has repigtmented remains, but if such treatment is halted, that over time (this can range from months to years) that depigmentation to that area will return.
The current unsettling fact is that there is no known permanent cure for this skin condition.
If there is no ‘permanent’ cure why should I bother with looking at repigmentation?
It is highly important that you do not take this attitude. You need to remain positive and upbeat and determined to find a solution which will reduce the appearance of vitiligo.
This can help emotionally because when you do see an improvement, no matter how small in an area of your skin it will give you a boost and encourage you to make further gains.
There is also more research than ever before going on now and the hope is that a permanent cure will be found. The fewer areas you have of vitiligo the easier such a cure should be to implement, so when looking at repigmentation you need to consider the various forms of treatment:
Because prescription medication can bring with it a whole host of unwanted side effects which range from minor to serious this article will concentrate on natural vitiligo treatment which has proven to be successful for centuries.
If your choice of treatment is via prescribed medicine such as steroids, please take time out to completely understand the possible side effects and what you may have to deal with whilst following such a course of treatment.
Treating vitiligo naturally
The first thing you need to do is look at your current diet. There may well be things you are eating which are compounding your problem. You also need to be eating a healthy, well-balanced and nutritious diet.
In terms of what is vitiligo responsive to when it comes to the foods you eat the jury is still out, but all medical and dietary professionals agree that a healthy and well-balanced diet is a must from an all-round health viewpoint.
You are strongly recommended to include whole grains in your diet. They contain excellent amounts of fiber, minerals and vitamins, all of which work together to support good overall health.
Think ‘oats’ in terms of the essential vitamin E. This vitamin has been linked to improving your body’s immune responses. It also works to fight harmful bacteria which are present in your body.
It makes eminent sense to include vegetables as part of any healthy diet, but there are certain ones which are an excellent addition if you are suffering from vitiligo.
Spinach contains lots of nutrients which promote skin regeneration. It also helps to repair your body’s damaged blood vessels. You then have garlic which is a natural antibiotic that offers several different healthy nutrients, and cabbage contains multiple nutrients along with other substances which break down harmful chemicals present in your body.
Olive oil is an excellent addition to any diet and is easy to add to your food. You will also find a wide range of nuts are excellent for you, but do avoid pistachios or cashew nuts.
You should always make sure you take plenty of water on board. It is important that you keep your skin fully hydrated
While several all-natural supplements are associated with reducing vitiligo’s effects in depigmentation terms, Gingko Biloba is an excellent example. It has proven in limited studies to be successful in halting the spread of this skin condition.
Foods to avoid
There are dieticians who state beef and red meats should be avoided; others state you should steer clear of milk products, red chilli, spicy foods and oily foods. Junk food really does not do you any good whatsoever so leave it alone.
Coffee, tea and soda drinks are not good for you and certain ‘berry’ fruits such as blackberries, raspberries and cherries should not be part of your diet.
There are some excellent e-books available which contain comprehensive and varied recipes for those who want to change their complete eating regimen. By doing so you are giving yourself a far greater chance of reducing the symptoms of vitiligo.
Vitiligo home remedies
Such remedies should certainly not be dismissed. They have been handed down over centuries and as well as being proven to be effective they do not generally carry side effects. Although it is always wise to check such treatments with professionals before commencing one. We will look at just two of the more popular ones, but please understand there are many more.
The other thing to bear in mind is that what works for one person may not work for another. This is why it is vitally important to try, try and try again until you find the remedy which suits you.
This is considered by many to be the best home remedy for vitiligo. The reason is that it replicates the effect of sun tanning and is therefore effective in restoring skin colour. These seeds should be soaked in either the juice of ginger or that of tamarind seeds for three days (the juice should be replaced on a daily basis).
After soaking the seeds for 72 hours they should be rubbed by hand to remove the shells. They should then be dried in shade. Once dried grind them into power.
One gram of this powder should be taken daily with fresh milk and this should continue for 40 days without interruption. You should also apply the ground seeds onto the white patches of your skin. This is one treatment you should seek guidance and monitoring on.
This clay is found on river beds and is rich in copper content. It helps in terms of skin repigmentation. Many ‘recipes’ recommend that you mix this clay with juice from ginger.
You then apply it over the white spots on your skin on a daily basis. The theory behind this treatment is that while the red clay helps with your skins re-pigmentation the ginger juice increases blood flow to those spots of affected skin.
Vitiligo homeopathic treatment
Homeopathic treatment is another natural way you could consider treating your condition. While this may be more expensive than the use of natural recipes this form of treatment has proven effective for many.
The treatment is based on a thorough series of consultancies with the sufferer to understand their complete background and the perceived disturbed inner force which is causing this skin condition. From there the appropriate treatment will be applied to help improve your condition.
Telling a vitiligo sufferer to stay positive is far easier said than done, but it is vital you do so. Join a self help group. Listen to those who have the condition, and those who have managed to reduce or control it.
What is vitiligo?
We started with this so we will finish on it. It may be a skin condition that is currently the blight of your life, but there are things you can do, and the more determined you are the better your chances of improving your condition and getting on with life as you should be doing.