1. What is vitiligo?
Melanin is a pigment present in the skin cells (melanocytes) and gives skin its colour. Vitiligo is a skin disease in which the skin colour is lost in patches. It is not contagious in nature but may cause psychological stress and depression in some people.
2. What are the symptoms of vitiligo?
The symptoms of vitiligo include patchy loss of skin colour in any part of the body, including the inside of the lips and eyes, and grey hair in the eyelashes, beard and eyebrows.
3. What causes vitiligo?
Vitiligo can be caused due to prolonged exposure to the sun, stress and chemicals, which can affect the melanocytes. The melanin pigment gives skin its colour. Vitiligo can also be due to loss of immune system functions or hereditary predisposition.
4. Is vitiligo curable?
There is no known cure for vitiligo, but early treatment can reduce whitening of the skin and maintain a normal skin tone. The results vary and are unpredictable. However, symptoms may reappear even if the treatment is successful.
5. Can homeopathy or ayurveda treat vitiligo?
Homoeopathy and Ayurveda have known to treat vitiligo using their holistic approaches. They offer long-term therapy, which is known to provide effective results.